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Around 75% of avalanche deaths are caused by asphyxiation, mostly due to the lethal carbon dioxide buildup in the headspace of the buried victim. Because of this, average survival times are very short, with only a 34% survival rate after 35 minutes under the snow. Scout is a fixed-wing drone that is designed to locate buried avalanche victims in order to reduce the number of asphyxia based deaths on the slopes. It can be used on its own but is ideally used as part of a small swarm that can efficiently monitor and react to events in a very large area by traversing a weighted Voronoi network that is shared with the other drones in the swarm.
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