A new style of gadget has been developed for the military, that will allow soldiers to scale nearly any kind of wall, including glass, rock or stucco surfaces.The Air Force approached the University Research community to design a solution to scaling walls without a grappling hook.
The Team tasked with the devices creation consisted of 15 mechanical and aerospace engineers lead by Dr. Steve Hansen. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
The Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber (PVAC) device allows soldiers to scale a 90 ft wall without any ropes, and has earn the team extra time and $100k in development funding to future the technology.
“The beauty of this solution was that it is relatively surface independent,” Dr. Steve Hansen told Business Insider. The design of the system allows it to function hands free, “allowing a soldier to use a weapon or other device while hanging from the PVAC.”
The PVAC consists of two suction pads, the vacuum pack assemblies, and a support system. The pads are pressed onto a climbing surface and create a seal which facilitates climbing.
The vacuum backpack generates sufficient suction for the pads to grip the wall and the support system assists the user by supporting their weight as they climb making the ascent easier.
Source: Oh Gizmo
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