NASA, DHS Want Radar Device to Detect Disaster Victim Heartbeats

NASA and the Department of Homeland Security are working to develop a new radar technology for helping locate victims during emergencies.

The Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response device is intended to identifyheartbeats of human beings buried at several depths under rubbles of catastrophes, NASA said Tuesday.

DHS' science and technology directorate and NASA's Pasadena, Calif.-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory are collaborating on the project that combines technologies suggested by emergency professionals.

The agencies intend to demonstrate the device on Sept. 25, at the Virginia Task Force 1 Training Facility in Lorton, Va.

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