US army tests equipment that allows troops to climb like Spider-Man


We’re getting closer and closer to having super-powered human beings with Spider-Man perhaps being the one that us ordinary people can mimic the most. After all we’ve already built real-life Spider-Man webbing, and a real-life Spider-Man web shooters. All we need now is a way to make people super-strong, and the ability to climb up buildings.

Well, you can scratch that last one off of the wish-list as the US army have successfully tested Spider-Man like climbing equipment that could one day  let soldiers scale the side of glass buildings whilst carrying heavy equipment (it’s a bit specific I know, but you never know when the army might need to do that!)

The programme named ‘The Z-Man Programme’ is inspired by the climbing ability of spiders and geckos and has sought to replicate their ability to stick to things like walls. Consequently scientists have developed hand-held suction pads strong enough to support a fully grown man as he climbs a vertical service carrying a bulky kit. The independant reports that tests were done at a lab in Massachusetts, where a 16st man was able to scale 25 feet of glass using only the paddles.

So what are we waiting for, get those people web-shooters with webbing and we’re half-way to having an army of Spider-Men! How awesome would that be. We need someone to fight the real-life Doctor Octopus anyway.

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at a lab in Massachusetts
Scientists have designed hand-held suction pads sturdy enough to support a full-grown man as he climbs a vertical surface carrying bulky kit. – See more at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/us-army-tests-spiderman-inspired-suction-pads-for-climbing-30340994.html#sthash.SzhDj7Ms.dpuf
Scientists have designed hand-held suction pads sturdy enough to support a full-grown man as he climbs a vertical surface carrying bulky kit. – See more at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/us-army-tests-spiderman-inspired-suction-pads-for-climbing-30340994.html#sthash.SzhDj7Ms.dpuf
Scientists have designed hand-held suction pads sturdy enough to support a full-grown man as he climbs a vertical surface carrying bulky kit. – See more at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/us-army-tests-spiderman-inspired-suction-pads-for-climbing-30340994.html#sthash.SzhDj7Ms.dpuf
Scientists have designed hand-held suction pads sturdy enough to support a full-grown man as he climbs a vertical surface carrying bulky kit. – See more at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/us-army-tests-spiderman-inspired-suction-pads-for-climbing-30340994.html#sthash.SzhDj7Ms.dpuf
Scientists have designed hand-held suction pads sturdy enough to support a full-grown man as he climbs a vertical surface carrying bulky kit. – See more at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/us-army-tests-spiderman-inspired-suction-pads-for-climbing-30340994.html#sthash.SzhDj7Ms.dpuf

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