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DARPA Z-MAN Program Demonstrates Human Climbing Like Geckos

Bio-inspired climbing technology could increase troop safety and freedom of maneuver
DARPA’s Z-Man program has demonstrated the first known human climbing of a glass wall using climbing devices inspired by geckos. The historic ascent involved a 218-pound climber ascending and descending 25 feet of glass, while also carrying an additional 50-pound load in one trial, with no climbing equipment other than a pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles. The novel polymer microstructure technology

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