A new defense startup has invented a drone recover and launch system that uses vertically mounted pins to trap and release unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system, which looks like a medieval torture device, can nab a drone from a moving platform and send it back out again—all without involving a person.
The Talon device, developed by Target Arm, solves the problem of having to stop a vehicle in order to launch or deploy a fixed-wing drone or quadcopter. The operator flies the drone into an enclosure, where upward and downward facing pins automatically pin the drone in place, creating a jail the drone can’t escape. To launch the drone, the operator need only power it up and release the pins. Launching drones from moving vehicles have the added benefit of getting them up to takeoff speed.
Aviation Week & Space Technology, in a profile of the Talon system, says it can capture almost every drone, with the exception of drones with nose-mounted propellers. It can be adapted to land vehicles, ships, at sea, aircraft, and even undersea vehicles. The company even has a concept for using it in space. See more...