The objective of this project was to construct a portable Pneumatic Launcher that would be used to help evacuate people in the event that a ski lift stops running. A Pneumatic Launcher is basically a Tennis Ball Launcher that shoots a tennis ball with an attached cord over a ski lift haul rope. The cord is then used to pull a larger rope up with a bosons chair attached allowing guests to be safely lowered down.
HOW DOES A PNEUMATIC LAUNCHER WORK?
The team decided to construct a pneumatic launcher from PVC and ABS piping.