Bailout Systems

Pushing the boundaries of human performance

| Inception of Bailout Systems

The reason Bailout Systems got started

After repelling equipment failed while rock climbing at the Red River Gorge and experience that resulted in a 90-foot fall and a three-day coma, veteran climber Michael Ragsdale realized that current descent systems were not adequate for high-performance situations. This realization became more grave when Michael realized many rescuers are forced to use the same gear that had filed him. With lives on the line, Michael endeavored to make rescue safer and more efficient by founding Bailout Systems. Established in 2015, Bailout systems began as a company developing fall safety solutions for the fire industry.
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| Our Story & Timeline
As the technology started to evolve, Michale saw an opportunity to tap his background in Military team building and established Bailout System’s engineering and product development division, to bring revolutionary technology to multiple industries. Always adhering to rigorous design standards, exacting specifications, and quality inspections, Michale and his team began to design and craft the technology that is quickly becoming the next evolution of fall safety.

Today, Bailout Systems is an employee-owned nationally recognized company that innovates life safety equipment with broad applications in rescue and other at-height scenarios. We proudly manufacture our products in the USA.

Our Timeline


Company Formation: Bailout Systems LLC


Initial Prototypes


Seed Round


Manufacturing Partnership


IP filed & Secured


IP filed & Secured


IP filed & Secured


IP filed & Secured


IP filed & Secured

| Our Expertise

Design, Develop, Market

These are the core values and processes within Bailout Systems. We are independently owned and managed, allowing us the flexibility to explore emerging markets, invest in advanced technology, and remain at the forefront of product innovation.
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Our research department integrates all aspects of product design: mechanical, textile, electronic, optic, and computing. Starting from the inception of an idea, the core user is paramount to everything we do. The reliability of our products, user safety, and product usability are continually evaluated with a strong focus on developing solutions that mitigate risk while enhancing user performance

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Prototyping provides an early opportunity to test and validate design intent without committing any significant investment. Our extensive in-house prototyping capabilities allow us to progress an initial sketch concept to a full production prototype. Our rigorous testing methodology enables validation of product reliability and user safety across multiple markets and environments. Our lab tests are complemented with field testing to ensure proper ergonomics and product reliability

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Our highly skilled manufacturing department is where our innovative ideas transform from raw material to finished goods. Using some of the latest high-speed CNC machines and advanced manufacturing strategies, Bailout Systems is ready and able to meet increasing demand as we continue to advance the level of technology within our products.

Meet the founding team

Founding Team

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Michael Ragsdale


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Ben Krupp

VP of Engineering

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Haskell Simpkins

Lead Engineer

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Patrick Henke

Director of Industrial Design

Advisory Board

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Gregory Bell


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Erik Zamudio


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Nancy Koors

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Our Partners

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