Wednesday, August 24, 2005

New machine allows soldiers to hurdle buildings

New machine allows soldiers to hurdle buildings - Yahoo! News
The PowerQuick personal lifting device can raise or lower a load of up to 145 kg (320 lb) at the rate of one meter (yard) per second, enabling special forces, rescue services or even construction workers to quickly ascend or escape buildings.

New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday the operator would shoot a rope attached to a grappling hook to the top of the building and then attach the rope to a harness-like device which hauls them up.

It said one battery charge would be sufficient to climb 250 metres -- the equivalent of five times the height of the Statue of Liberty.

Remo Williams eat your heart out. Wow, doesn't that make those ninja grappling hooks we all wanted as kids look lame.


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