The Utah State University team, suiting up one of the Air Force-supplied climbers (Photo: USU)
The PVAC climbers nearing the top of the silo (Photo: USU)
One of the PVAC climbers setting out (Photo: USU)
The victorious Utah State University team (Photo: USU)
Two climbers ascend a silo, using Utah State University's PVAC system (Photo: USU)
Last month we told you about a team of Brigham Young University engineering students, who created a clever Batman-inspired wall-climbing system. They were competing in the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s 2012 Service Academy and University Engineering Challenge, in which teams had to design gadgets that would allow soldiers to safely and quickly ascend vertical surfaces. Given that the Brigham Young entry didn’t take first place, however, we thought it only made sense to take a look at the entry that did ... and that would be a little something known as the Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber (PVAC), designed by a team from Utah State University.
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