Item: Evolution of the avalauncher
Title: Evolution of the avalauncher
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2006 International Snow Science Workshop, Telluride, Colorado
Authors: John Brennan, Snowmass Ski Area, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Abstract: The Avalauncher has been an integral tool for avalanche mitigation work for close to 50 years. With their ability to place a kilogram of high explosives up to two thousand meters away, they routinely serve as a short range alternative to military artillery. The Avalauncher’s roots can be traced to a pneumatic baseball pitching machine used by Major League Baseball teams in the United States in the late 1950s. Throughout the decades, many modifications have been made to both the launcher and its projectiles. Current technology has allowed the Avalauncher to attain greater accuracies and operational range. In this paper I plan to cover not only the history of the Avalauncher but also explore its potential future.
Keywords: avalauncher, avalanche mitigation, avalanche control
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