A while ago I posted the Harry Potter like invisibility cloak, which according to rumours, is already in use by special forces during no doubt super secret missions. What we have here is another bizarre addition to the arsenal of future soldiers, namely a suit that lets soldiers scale any wall in true superhero fashion!
This amazing piece of equipment, named the Vacuum Ascender, was created by aerospace and mechanical engineering students from the Utah State university in response to a US Air Force competition where several universities were given $20,000 and 9 months to come up with a wall-climbing suit for the Special Forces. The Utah State team were the only ones to succeed, winning the university a extra $50,000 grant. In the video below you can see the Spiderman suit in action!
Using twin battery-powered fans, the Vacuum Ascender creates 4.5 pounds per square inch of suction within two adhesive anchors, making them stick to the wall until a valve is released. When one person has reached the top the anchors can then be used to secure ropes, allowing more people to ascend.