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Title: Designing an Autonomous Drone to Locate Avalanche Victims
Authors: Fisher, Glenn
Advisors: Wentzlaff, David
Department: Electrical Engineering
Class Year: 2015
Abstract: Avalanches cause a significant number of winter recreational fatalities, including about 150 deaths around the world each year. With a survival probability of 30% after only 35 minutes, it is critical to locate and rescue avalanche victims quickly. This thesis describes the design and implementation of a drone for autonomously locating buried avalanche victims. With widespread use, a commercial adaptation of this drone could reduce the average burial time of 25 minutes and increase the survival probability of buried victims.
Extent: 35 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Electrical Engineering, 1932-2017

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