Gremlins: Airborne Launch & Recovery of Unmanned Aerial Systems

DARPA is progressing toward its plan to demonstrate airborne launch and recovery of multiple unmanned aerial systems (UAS), targeted for late 2019. Now in its third and final phase, the goal for the Gremlins program is to develop a full-scale technology demonstration featuring the air recovery of multiple low-cost, reusable UAS, or “gremlins.”

DARPA awarded a contract to a Dynetics, Inc.-led team to perform the Phase 3 demonstration. DARPA is exploring the possibility of demonstrating different sensor packages with potential integration partners prior to program completion in 2019.

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  1. Luiz Fernando Silva Santos on April 28, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Disse que tenho um pequeno video nao disse que vou mostrar no qual controlo pela tela de computador no qual mcontrolo no sensor de calor da Webcam mas infelizmente nao posso mostrar esse video e sei muito bem que estao tentyando me espionar por isto o meu computador esta oculto so pode falar comigo atraves de videos e inclusive celular todos desativados o GPS esta desativado ao contrario que se pensa sempre estou um passo na frente

  2. Simon on April 28, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Extremely low tech for DARPA, this all seems a smoke screen project….!

  3. Pauldanne Lachica on April 28, 2021 at 1:49 am

    No more air defense. With is drone swarms

  4. Чижов Кирилл on April 28, 2021 at 1:49 am

    поебень очередная

  5. P Elliott on April 28, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Very flimsy return system, it’ll be difficult in a real combat situation

  6. Pandoran Bias on April 28, 2021 at 1:51 am


  7. Luiz Fernando Silva Santos on April 28, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Tenho um pequeno video de demonstração mas estao sujeitos maos direitos autorais e judiciais

  8. Emerio Manzano on April 28, 2021 at 1:52 am

    this would be awesome but it think a c 5 galaxy would be big enough to carry the drones

  9. Rodrigo Flores on April 28, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Hell yeah I’m chasing that aerospace engineering degree

  10. Naioma on April 28, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Coming to our city soon.

  11. sentinel202 on April 28, 2021 at 1:58 am


  12. Luas Times on April 28, 2021 at 2:00 am


  13. R A on April 28, 2021 at 2:01 am

    It’s fantastic. I wonder if mankind will ever grow up and start to put all this effort and money on helping eachother, instead of killing eachother.

  14. lee멍뭉별왕자님 on April 28, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Attack enemy ccp

  15. Егор Юрьевич on April 28, 2021 at 2:04 am

    СССР создавал подобное в начале 80х и пришли к выводу не стоит оно средств и времени, самолёты мриа тот же с бураном и множество других разработок , а вы давайте давайте тратьте деньги, может скоро и на патроны денег не будет, так хоть мировой терроризм остановится

  16. sentinel202 on April 28, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Big Lamer and Fail Americana capitalism debt! xDDDD Russian jammer radar, military communication, infra-laser, GPS signal … Russian monopoly-strategy S-500 PROMETHEUS one missile destroy Americana capitalism debt c-130 gremlin big global chess FAIL-LAMER! xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  17. Matthew Hill on April 28, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Cool video but, 480p? Really?

  18. Hùng, Henry Trương on April 28, 2021 at 2:05 am

    you need drones that terminate anti-drone weapons

  19. Corb. on April 28, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Finally, a video for us to see how the program is doing.
    On a larger scale like from the C-130 Hercules to the C-5 Galaxy, a flying aircraft carrier, of course, the idea and the implamintations of a flying aircraft carrier isn’t new at all, it’s actually pretty old.

  20. Jimmy Seaver on April 28, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Just build the Arsenal Bird already.

  21. Josh Heselton on April 28, 2021 at 2:11 am

    The weak point is the recovery system…one at a time…30 minutes how long will an aircraft have to loiter to pick these things up in a war against a near pear adversary with high tech jets? They should make it so you can ATLEAST do two at a time.

  22. MindSET on April 28, 2021 at 2:11 am


  23. Gokki on April 28, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Why not have the things fly into the airplane with a catching net inside? Faster, cheaper and more reliable.

  24. Airclot on April 28, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Just make it fly into the back of the cargo hold.

  25. MHG Scrubadub on April 28, 2021 at 2:12 am

    This company is intriguing but fuuucking terrifying

  26. GhostLocalHost on April 28, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Great Idea would be micro sensors that could be shot out of a ac-130 that can detect IED’s on the ground. A massive IOT nested mesh network of ground controlled IED sensors that could help Bomb disposal squad in the future.

  27. Romulus III on April 28, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Why do all the defence contractors use the pirates of the Caribbean music?
    This one is even foolish enough to have the comments enabled

  28. mikusingularity on April 28, 2021 at 2:19 am

    predecessor to the Arsenal Bird

  29. Marinauder on April 28, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Carrier has arrived.

  30. Hal Schirmer on April 28, 2021 at 2:19 am

    That recovery scheme would take way too long. Replace the single tether and exterior cage with loop line with grapple points every 25′ and relocate the grapple to the nose of the drone.
    The loop should feed out to the tail of the plane and then drop down. The return/recovery connection for the loop should be just behind the open cargo door.
    This allows the loop to drop down, exposing multiple grapple points for drones.
    Once grappled, the drones fold their wings and then hang down vertically. This has the added benefit of exposing the hot engines to airflow so they are cooled when they reach the C-130
    As the loop circulates, the stowed-wing vertical drones are lifted to the tail of the C-130 and then slide into the cargo hold. This allows the crew an assembly line situation where multiple vertical drones are accessible. The vertical drones would have a movable base clamped on (like sticking a candle into a candle holder) then detached from the grapple, and slid into place.
    Modifying the drone and recovery operation to accommodate an "assembly line" of vertical drones accessible to multiple crew members should speed up recovery operations significantly.

  31. learrus on April 28, 2021 at 2:19 am

    This is just a weaponized version without the mothership, of the Ally Cat SAR drone I designed a few years ago.

  32. Timothy Bucky on April 28, 2021 at 2:20 am

    this is it. i just get that feeling. battery power flies over target without heat. how many in one plane over how much loiter time all returning to recharge refuel the plane and air is under our control every one of these can carry out a specific mission. more then an air force ever was. the russian troll comment here is perfect with this their is no russia.

  33. lee멍뭉별왕자님 on April 28, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Mamy plane& baby misile~♡

  34. grizzmax on April 28, 2021 at 2:24 am

    If you didn’t build your shit, Russia and China wouldn’t build their shit. Way to keep the world safe.

  35. AWESOME2897 on April 28, 2021 at 2:24 am

    raul menedez (bo2) is coming for them drones

  36. Luiz Fernando Silva Santos on April 28, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Ja viram como controla um drone de espionagem como um drone de ataque apenas com sensor de calor

  37. ShopTalk on April 28, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Neat, but what does it actually do? Can they carry weapons? Air to ground? Air to Air?

  38. Ranjit Neelakandan on April 28, 2021 at 2:24 am

    @1:47 that seems to be a complex method…why not use something like 1: Either a strong electromagnet at both ends… 2: Or something like the arrestor hook method used in aircraft carriers with hooks at the c-130 end ready to catch the gremlins and the gremlins switching off the engine upon a arrested capture.

  39. WARNING on April 28, 2021 at 2:25 am

    you can use a electric magnet for retrieval of DRONES turn magnet off and on when needed

  40. sentinel202 on April 28, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Russians and Chinas Communists can actually build gremlin versions … Russian version gremlin codename NERO in test global!

  41. Shadow Heart on April 28, 2021 at 2:29 am

    It’s like sci fi. It’s both fascinating and terrifying.

  42. Juan Ortiz on April 28, 2021 at 2:31 am

    four in 30 minutes? difficult, unless be like a SHIELD’s Zephyr One aircraft! 😀

  43. Sarah Stauffer on April 28, 2021 at 2:34 am


  44. Andrew Lacks Protein on April 28, 2021 at 2:35 am

    1:16 "That keep manned, and MORE EXPENSIVE unmanned aircraft to stand off at a safe distance." What the actual fuck.

    Life is so worthless to these monsters

  45. grizzmax on April 28, 2021 at 2:35 am

    Such incredibly amazing, imaginative, groundbreaking ability thus giving the Russia amazing, imaginative, groundbreaking ways to shoot your shit down at a fraction of trilions of dollars!

  46. Seamus McKeon on April 28, 2021 at 2:37 am

    How is this not classified

  47. A sad catboy on April 28, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Fucking gremlins man

  48. Timothy Bucky on April 28, 2021 at 2:39 am

    end game.

  49. Steve Wallbom on April 28, 2021 at 2:41 am

    So its basically a Protoss Carrier from Starcraft 2

  50. Ziplok on April 28, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Keep America Great. #KAG

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