Season 1, Episode 11

Long Range Life Boat

Out of range of helicopters, stranded sailors often have to wait for a passing ship to bring salvation -- an opportunity that may be days away. The Smash Lab team decides to use top-secret torpedo technology to revolutionize mid-ocean rescue with a coast guard life boat that can be dropped out of a long-range plane. The principal is to use a phenomenon called super-cavitation where a high velocity stream of gas bubbles is blasted from the nose of an object as it travels through water. The system would allow a coast guard boat to be flown right to the scene of the accident, have it deployed right into the water and bring a full crew with it.
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