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2008 Marcellus grad helps design patented climbing system

Brian Walter, a 2008 Marcellus alumnus who is now a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was part of a West Point engineering team that was awarded a U.S. patent for an anchoring system the team developed as part of a design competition in 2012.

The M203 climbing system deploys a tungsten-tipped projectile and hammer system that can embed into reinforced concrete. A leader line from the back of the anchor allows a climbing rope to pull through, and the team used the system to ascend a 90-foot concrete silo during a 2012 design competition.

In describing the system, the cadet team wrote: “In the current operating environment, the warfighter may have to rapidly and tactically ascend a variety of surfaces in both assault and rescue operations. Currently, no design exists that can provide the warfighter the versatility to conquer these obstacles. The mission of our design team was to create a system that allows troops, with their equipment, to scale buildings or mountain faces under a variety of conditions efficiently and effectively.”

Walter and the other Class of 2012 West Point cadets submitted the anchor projectile design to the patent office three years ago, and received the patent in July 2015.

According to the West Point publication, Pointer View, this is only the second patent a cadet project has received.

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