Friday, July 2, 2010

US Military Trying to be More Like Batman

You know why our Military is the best in the world?  Because our soldiers have been asking for Batman tools.  And our scientists have responded by developing a Bat Hook which can be used to steal electricity from any power line.  That's right, snagging some free power via grappling hook is now a military operation. As described on the National Defense Education Network website, the Air Force has designed a “Bat Hook” which soldiers can heave into the air — superhero style — to steal some juice from suspended power lines.


“We work very closely with Special Operations,” says Dave Coates, lead engineer on the project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (the US Military's answer to Star Labs).  And what were our soldiers asking for? “Is there a way that you could possibly give us something like Batman?”

The Bat Hook system, technically called Remote Auxiliary Power System (RAPS), pierces the power line’s insulation to draw current directly where it’s needed, to charge batteries on the ground, for example.
 
Check out the video of the Bat Hook below:


1 comment:

  1. Whoa! Huge market in Africa and the Asian subcontinent where power leeching is a way of life.

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