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Students at the College of Engineering, Utah State University have designed and built a suit, the ‘Ascending Aggies,’ which allows its wearer to scale walls like Spiderman. Of course, this sounds like a lot of fun, but the motivation behind this project was a little bit more serious.
Each year the Air Force Research Laboratory hosts a design challenge open to universities around the U.S. This year the Ascending Aggies was the winner. The suit uses vacuum-powered suction cups to fasten its user to vertical surfaces.
U.S. Special Forces are often required to find their way to difficult-to-reach places—like on top of buildings—while hauling hundreds of pounds of gear. As such, the U.S. military is constantly on the lookout for technologies that can assist with efforts such as these.