DARPA Has Worked On Plan To Snatch Drones Out Of The Air

By: Rutuja Jagtap

DARPA Has Worked On Plan To Snatch Drones Out Of The AirThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency also known as DARPA, has a very long keen interest in making drones. It has worked on the plan to snatch drones out of the Air. The military’s research team has worked on and sketched out ideas that include turning drones into wireless hotspots and then making drones hunt like wolves. One of the main problems with making drones is safely landing drones in remote areas.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a project named as SideArm and this week it has published the first footage of its project, which is all about creating a mobile crane setup to solve that issue. Instead of grinding across uneven ground, DARPA tapped Aurora Flight Sciences to create a crane that can be used to snatch drones out of the air.

Initially, DARPA essentially borrowed and inverted the technology that will slow and trap down the jets that land on aircraft carriers. Video of working version of SideArm is made available, which shows a Lockheed Martin front being fired at the hook, net and rail setup.

DARPA has set some goals for the SideArm. Its main goal for SideArm is to get this technology to the point where the drone launch and retrieval system can fit inside a shipping container, making it possible to move it by ship, truck and railway, C-130 airplane or a CH-47 helicopter.

DARPA’s goal for SideArm is to get this technology to the point where the drone launch and retrieval system can fit inside a shipping container, making it possible to move it by truck, ship, rail, C-130 airplane, or a CH-47 helicopter. DARPA also included few animations of what that tech will eventually look like essentially a more balanced and polished version of the work in progress, but a version that also looks an awful lot like a certain heavily modified DeLorean DMC-12.

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