UDOT shares video of precision ‘Avalaucher’

A worker prepares to launch a projectile from one of UDOT's three new avalaunchers, intended to start avalanches under controlled conditions. Image: Video screen shot

NORTHERN UTAH, March 5, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Department of Transportation has a new tool in its quest to release avalanches under safe and controlled conditions.

It’s called the Avalauncher, and UDOT has purchased three. The agency tested one on Tuesday in Provo Canyon, a tweet says.

“This compressed-gas launcher is mobile and can help crews be more accurate in control efforts,” the UDOT tweet says. “It’s most often used outside of Little Cottonwood Canyon.”

To see the Avalauncher in action, click on the link below.


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