S1 E5 11/29/08

Flying Lifeguard

The team of engineers attempts to prototype two different flying lifeguard systems to save swimmers in danger on unguarded beaches. One is an air cannon designed to shoot a lifesaver out to a swimmer in distress close to the shore. The other is an autonomous plane that flies over and drops a life preserver for swimmers farther out to sea. Both prototypes are deployed by the push of a button by swimmers on unguarded beaches but the challenge lies in making these viable, life-saving prototypes in only two weeks.

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