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DateDate: 5-10-2018, 05:58
The company Target Arm has developed a system for stopping and starting multikopter and aircraft-type drones, which can be installed on cars, as well as military equipment. It consists of an array of tubes that clamp and fix the aircraft without damaging it.
Reports about it on Aviation Week.
One of the main applications of drone - observation from the air. For example, a drone mounted on a combat vehicle can be used for reconnaissance of a terrain without a threat to the fighters and the vehicle itself. One of the main obstacles facing such use is the difficulty of launching the aircraft and especially its capture after the completion of the flight.
Engineers from the American startup Target Arm have developed a fairly simple system that can be used to launch and land various types of aircraft while driving without having to stop. The system consists of a frame that is installed in such a way that the air flow arising during fast driving passes through it. On the upper and lower inner surfaces of the frame there are holes from which metal tubes slide out towards each other. Each of the tubes exerts a slight pressure, but due to the large number they are enough to hold the device. Engineers have demonstrated the safety of the tubes using chicken eggs.
The system can operate both in landing mode, clamping the device during the span between the tubes, and in takeoff mode. To do this, the machine on which the system is installed must gain enough speed. Due to the resulting flow of air when the tubes are released, the device does not immediately fall down, but remains in the air and begins to fly independently.
Engineers say they plan to demonstrate technology to the US Department of Defense and are already developing several system variants adapted for installation on the M1 Abrams tank, the M1126 Stryker armored combat vehicle and the HMMWV armored vehicle.
It is worth noting that the demonstration video with the tests shows that the engineers have equipped the quadcopter with a sufficiently large protective frame that can significantly affect the payload lifted by the drone and its flight qualities.