DARPA Tests Portable Robot Arm That Can Catch Drones in Midair

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DARPA has found a way to safely land a drone in remote areas.

Unlike quadcopters and other rotary aircraft, fixed winged drones require a runway to land, which is often unavailable. However, DARPA's portable drone catching system remedies this by snatching the drone right out of the air.

The crane uses a hook to grab the flying drone, much like the system used on aircraft carriers which slow down jets when landing.