O’BellX is designed to provide avalanche control and mitigation remotely, thus ensuring the safety of its human operators as well as ski patrollers. The system generates avalanches through exploding a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen contained within an open cone positioned in locations considered prone to avalanches. Activation can take place at any time, irrespective of the weather and time, while the cone can be removed at the end of the season if unused.
TAS, a subsidiary of MND Group, says that the device can be rapidly detonated, and that synchronised firings are possible for multiple devices. Furthermore, its size means little engineering work is required and no polluting residue is created by an explosion.
Last week The Aspen Times reported that the Colorado Department of Transportation had installed its first two O’BellX units, located along Highway 40 on Berthoud Pass, a high mountain road in the Rocky Mountains.
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