The concept of a personalized safety system against the threat of a Tsunami was first envisioned by Julian Sharpe while spending the weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon, with his family. The memory of the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami, which took the lives of approximately 225,000 people, was relatively fresh in his mind.
On returning to the office of IDEA International the following Monday, Julian shared his idea with his colleague, Scott Hill, who happened to be quite impressed. The two of them proceeded to develop a fully working design concept, performed some initial structural analysis and converged on a functioning design.
Julian and Scott then decided to enter the design into the 2011 NASA Tech Brief Innovation Contest. The entry resulted in the capsule being voted 9th out of about 350 entries. This result spurred the two on and resulted in some media attention. Local media heard of the design and became long term advocates of the project.more >>
As a result of the media coverage Scott and Julian were introduced to Dr. Eddie Bernard, a 40 year veteran of Tsunami research and former member of NOAA. Dr. Eddie was highly impressed with the concept of a personal safety system and shortly thereafter the company was born, Survival Capsule LLC.
Dr. Bernard happened to have been working with Toho Mercantile from Tokyo, Japan and was very well acquainted with the President of Toho. Through Dr. Bernard, Toho was introduced to the Tsunami Capsule.
Eventually Toho and Survival Capsule met and a partnership was born. Toho commissioned Survival Capsule to build two prototypes, one for the Yokohama Disaster Preparedness Exposition in February 2013 and one for testing.
Both events went extremely well and as a result Survival Capsule has now built its first Production Survival Capsule which shipped to Japan on the 26th of June 2013 with ten (10) more to follow in September 2013.
PresidentJulian Sharpe earned his degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Design from Loughborough University of Technology in England and has 27 years of aircraft and space industry experience. more >>
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