Aerospace engineer Julian Sharpe will test the “tsunami survival” capsule he has created by going over Niagara Falls in the contraption. 50-year-old Sharpe believes that if his disaster-proof pod can survive tornadoes, hurricanes, tidal waves, earthquakes and super storms than it surely should be able to survive one little trip over the infamous waterfall.
“We can tell people how strong it is, but until you've proved that it's saved a life they might not believe you,” Sharpe said. According to the brave inventor, the aluminum sphere will protect him from the massive collision of going over the falls. The Daily Mail reports that the impact will be similar to being rear ended by a car at about 20 mph. When Sharpe takes the plunge, he will be going over the falls in something a good deal stronger than the barrels that people have used in the past.
“Since it's a sphere, when you do run into something it's just going to glance off,” Sharpe said. “In most cases, you're probably going to be a bit lighter than those objects so those objects will just go along their way and kind of move you.” This is important because during a tsunami the main danger is not drowning in the fast flowing water but being crushed by floating debris which is being swept along.
Sharpe, a former Boeing engineer, has taken prototypes of his design to the Yokohama Expo in Kanagawa, Japan. Sponsors have commissioned further production. If all goes to plan, Sharpe and his business partners are hoping to sell different models of the capsule for between 650 and 3,250 pounds.
“After the tsunami in Japan, we decided we had to develop it and get it out there for the masses,” Sharpe said. “There are 135 countries worldwide exposed to the tsunami wave. If you can save one life, it would be worth producing it.”
Source: (The Daily Mail)