A powered rope ascender is a machine that can carry itself and a body of mass up a vertical line of climbing rope by pulling the rope through its system via a hoisting mechanism. These devices are popular within businesses that require individuals to reach heights in situations where ladders or scaffolding can’t be used. But most recently, their designs have been adapted to be used within the armed forces.
The tactical ascending system has been designed for military use, specifically for hot climates such as East Africa, where piracy of ships is a major problem. Anti-terrorist groups use devices like this to quickly board hijacked vessels with high hulls. The unique feature of the tactical ascender is its connection with the operator, as it eliminates the rope and product from obstructing the user while in ascent, and can be driven with only one hand. With a lifting capability of 175 kilograms at 1 metre a second, it has more than enough power and speed for the job at hand.
Bournemouth University and my placement job at Visteon in Germany have both given me the opportunity to stretch and develop my knowledge of design engineering as a result of the in-depth teaching of engineering and technological principles. My time with BU and the experiences gained have been very rewarding and unforgettable.