DARPA Tests Portable Robot Arm That Can Catch Drones in Midair
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.
The crane fits in a container and can be deployed by 2 people in minutes.
Via NewsBeat Social
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a new program called the AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY X-Plane (ANCILLARY).