Tara-X Provides Shelter For Earthquake Survivors

The amount of catastrophic earthquakes is on the rise around the globe.

And there have been some biggies as of recent that have left a huge path of destruction, while taking the lives of thousands of people: 2004 Sumatra, 2010 Port-au-Prince, 2011 Fukushima, 2013 Baluchistan, 2014 Yunnan, and 2015 Kathmandu.

Those who survive a major earthquake are left in their own world of hell. Streets and buildings end up in ruins, making it hard for emergency crews to get around and help those in need.



While medical and food supplies are commonly parachuted into earthquake zones, many survivors are still however left without a place to live.

But help is on the way.

You see, Hutfless Philipp, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Sciences –Darmstadt, Germany, has invented Tara-X, which is an emergency shelter that is dropped from an airplane.

What makes his invention unique is that his tent does not rely on traditional rods that could be ruined on landing.

“The flight of Dandelion (Latin: Taraxacum) seeds inspired me for Tara-X,” says Philipp. “Especially their fragile beams attracted my attention that gave me the inspiration for the pneumatic beams.”

Tara-X Provides Temporary Housing

A box that is delivered from an airplane includes the Tara-X ground-sheet, as well as tools and medical supplies.

“After landing, the parachute becomes the tent tarpaulin,” explains Philipp.

“The pneumatically beams provide a strong stability to the shelter. An inner tube is integrated in a rip-stop canal system, like a bicycle tube in a tire. With seven-bar air pressure, the rubber tries to expend in the canal but is getting stopped from the small diameter. This makes it a robust construction. The tent tarpaulin consists of a PU coated rip-stop that is very lightweight and weather resistant at the same time. The hemisphere shape of Tara-X offers the smallest possible surface of wind attack, but provides temporary housing for six people and there are ventilation slits at the side and the ceiling.”



The Development And Future Of Tara-X

Phillip has been busy testing out his invention and soon wants to introduce it to emergency aid and military organizations around the world.

He has already made a prototype that works perfectly. He designed and developed it on his own and had it parachuted from an airplane and it landed just fine, and its contents inside were safe and sound.

Phillip has been long been studying and researching the impact of earthquakes. One day when he was changing the tire on his bike the idea of a tent came alive and the Tara-X was born from there.

“When I changed the tire of my racing bicycle, the idea popped into my mind to use pneumatic beams,” he says. “The principle for my invention is known from a bicycle tire. A tube is sewed in a canal. Air pressure raises, but the tire can only expand to a certain point. That makes it a strong and reliable construction.”

Will Philipp’s Tara-X be utilized by emergency rescue and military organizations around the world?

There is a good chance and of course now he has to take on the work of pitching his invention to the big decision makers.

His invention, which is featured on the James Dyson Awards Page, is brilliant. We all know that following a catastrophic earthquake there are hundreds, even thousands of people, who are left without a place to live.

So, the Tara-X is a new safe-haven in every right that gives earthquake survivors the proper shelter they need.