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Battelle's Grappling Hook Technology Featured in Upcoming Episode of Discovery Channel's Man Vs. Wild

Posted on Mar 1, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH., 1 March, 2011—A Battelle-designed pneumatic launcher, or grappling hook gun, is used by survival expert and extreme adventurer Bear Grylls in the new season of the popular Man Vs. Wild television show.

The technology, also called the Tactical Air Initiated Launch (or TAIL) system, was designed for use by U.S. Special Operations Forces. It’s incorporated into a science-based episode, which takes place in Norway and is set to air on Thursday, March 3 at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery Channel. A preview of the scene, “Tightrope Treachery,” can be accessed on Discovery’s website at

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Media Contacts

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Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544