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[DARPA plots emergency man-cannon
Launcher to lob SWAT team
You'd think that with global terrorist threats and fighting two wars, the US Defense Department would have little time on its hands to start a circus troupe.
However, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has filed a patent application for a contraption designed to hurl SWAT teams and other emergency workers onto the roofs of inaccessible tall buildings human cannonball style, New Scientist reports.
The lethal-looking device (pictured) consists of a forward-facing chair mounted on rails that point at an angle of up to 80°. Powered by compressed air, the foolhardy “payload” would shoot up until the saddle reaches the end of the rails, at which point he would flail free skyward.
The application is extremely detailed, with proposals for computer control, feedback mechanisms, and valve pneumatics. They don't seem to have considered in as much depth what happens once gravity takes over.
But no matter, the designers reckon a four metre high launcher could put a man on the top of a five storey building in less than two seconds.
Makes more sense to keep men up there (in orbit) permanently; doesn't it?
Originally posted by The Vagabond
It's a brilliant and worthwhile idea, chuckle factor or no. Imagine being able to put recon on the ground in 2 hours flat anywhere in the world, regardless of where the carriers are, which bases we have to close or are forbidden by hosts to operate from, etc.
Though being able to put a dozen or so guys on the ground may not seem impressive at a glance, but picture this. We intercept a phone call that lets us know that Bin Laden is leaving a meeting somewhere in the city of Mogadishu, but that's all we know... even if there isn't a single American within a thousand miles, we can have snipers on every highway out of town before he can be gone.
Id love to see the day when we had that capability.
Originally posted by Unisol
yea baby thats what i was talkin about...some real space capabilities