Friday, June 15, 2012

Driving them up the wall, the high-tech way

It seems the US Air Force is looking for better ways to climb walls in combat zones.  As part of their quest, they approached a number of universities, seeking ideas and offering funding for promising projects.  Utah State University responded with this ingenious device, using a vacuum cleaner motor to power suction devices.  It's said to work amazingly well on many different types of surface.

The USAF was impressed enough to cough up $100,000 to fund ongoing research.  According to Business Insider, one of the goals is to produce a much quieter system so as not to alert an enemy inside a building that someone's climbing up the outside.

Congratulations to the 'Ascending Aggies' of Utah State U. for a very clever idea.  I'll look forward to seeing whether they can develop it into a practical military solution.



Toejam said...

The Air Force?

They fly airplanes....they're not tasked to do Navy SEAL ops.

Shouldn't they just drop a 2,000 lb JADAM on the building and be done with it?

Anonymous said...

USAF will buy any system that let's them wear high heels at work.

(Look at the shoes)

Toejam, they maybe looking for frisbees that end up on the roof.


pa Will be getting beat from my A-10 buddies in the next few minutes.

Jim March said...

I think that system sucks.

Toejam said...

Better built by Hoover!