An Introduction to Inflatable Hospitals

Just a few days since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, three inflatable tents—each measuring over 1,000m2 in floor space—arrive at the airport in Katmandu. Folded and deflated upon arrival, each tent weighs 2,600 lbs and requires 10 people to carry it from the plane to a waiting truck, which begins a slow and difficult journey to the relief site in the mountainous Gorkha district. Upon its arrival, staff work frantically in shifts throughout the following days and nights to set up a fully-functioning inflatable tent hospital.

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Disaster Preparedness Moves to Orbit

Training communities on protocols and running drills ensures that susceptible populations understand how to behave during natural disasters, but the unpredictable nature of these events means that we often cannot anticipate exactly how they will manifest. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been making advances to try to close our knowledge gap through the launch of the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS-2)

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A Floating Power Generator for Off-Grid Disaster Relief

Power generation in post-disaster areas and for remote development projects is often costly, can use unreliable fuel supplies, and may take too long to become active. To address this need, Altaeros Energies is currently testing the Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), which operates at 400-600 metres (1000-2000 feet) above the ground, and does not require the long and expensive construction associated …

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The Luminaid: a portable light-source for disaster relief

The designers of the LuminAID, Anna Stark and Andrea Sreshta, invented the light in response to the disaster following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The LED light’s innovative design is compact, light-weight, inflatable, and waterproof. They are now being honoured as Mothers of Invention by Toyota and Women in the World.

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