Side Arm or Sky Hook, you decide

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Which came first, Side Arm or Sky Hook?

DARPA Side Arm

From DARPA

SideArm: DARPA’s SideArm effort seeks to create a self-contained, portable apparatus able to horizontally launch and retrieve UAS of up to 900 pounds from trucks, ships and fixed ground facilities. The small-footprint system is designed to enable rapid setup and controlled decelerations and adapt to current and future UAS. Based on subscale tests last summer, DARPA will conduct further risk reduction and hardware testing this year, and then plans to test recovery of two different aircraft types at full scale.

And a blast from the Sky Hook past…

Skyhook

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Of course, there was also the FICON, arguably even more deranged!

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