27 Apr '12, 10am

#DC Video: 'Batman Hook' Elevates BYU Students - Design News

#DC Video: 'Batman Hook' Elevates BYU Students - Design News

Engineering students at Brigham Young University (BYU) have devised a firearm that shoots an anchoring device that can pull a person vertically into the air as high as 90 feet. This was part of an annual Air Force Research Lab competition that asked participants to build a tool that would attach to a vertical surface, such as a concrete building, and allow someone to ascend on a cable in a way similar to what the fictional superhero Batman has done in Hollywood films. “The Air Force wants to be able to go to higher heights, to new surfaces and to be able to do it faster,” the project’s faculty adviser Greg Bishop said in a press release . “They’ve got to be able to still do that, essentially, with either holding a weapon or a communication device,” which is where the so-called “grappling hook” comes in. Student Dave Monk demonstrates the winch device. (Source: BYU) BYU’s d...

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