Landing A Drone Aircraft With No Runway: Unique 'SkyHook' Recovery System

Marines launch and recover a RQ-21A Blackjack from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego. The RQ-21A Blackjack is an intelligence surveillance reconnaissance unmanned aircraft capable of being launched and recovers from flight decks on naval vessels. The drone system provides persistent maritime and land-based tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) data collection and dissemination capabilities to the warfighter.

The SkyHook system is the first aircraft capture system to eliminate runways and nets.

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50 Comments

  1. De ViceCrimsin on October 8, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    That looks rather violent. Such an abusive way to recover tax dollars . . .

  2. Maru Ivan Rico on October 8, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Zipline uses this too.

  3. Jarhead on October 8, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Im actually really fucking captivated by this. Insanely cool. How does it work? clearly it nets it (minus the net) But exactly HOW? Is the line somehow wrapping around the wing as it hits it? whats stopping the drone from sliding down the line and hitting the deck?

  4. reaktor55 on October 8, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    1. Take of from ramp.
    2. Cross fingers and pray that you manage to deploy the SkyHook without any hiccups.
    3. Drive the plane straight into it.

  5. AiirSource Military on October 8, 2020 at 12:35 pm

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  6. Wade Higgins on October 8, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    let me guess, boeing 797

  7. nick fatfly on October 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    dum design

  8. Orleandr on October 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Ok, but where is the giant spider who will kill he’s victim?

  9. David Phelan on October 8, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    what a piece of shit waste of millions of dollars. bullshit politicians get these projects approved

  10. avery gentry on October 8, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    thats crazy shit

  11. Abhishek Goyal on October 8, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    India me kati hui patang bhi bacche aise he lutthe hai..

  12. King Newton The Ruler of the Land on October 8, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Land Battleship time?

  13. Peace awt on October 8, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    🎣 How to fish drones

  14. T Wayne on October 8, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    well that’s something u don’t see every day

  15. Damien Percy on October 8, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I knew they were cloning tiny humans………..I KNEW IT

  16. Paul Legge on October 8, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    …so the hook broke on the last drone…send Tommy up to catch it this time.

  17. Adam Insanoff on October 8, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    this is incredible!

  18. Angelis Fpv on October 8, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I feel that there could have been so many easier ways to do this

  19. King on October 8, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    "unmanned" but takes countless people to launch and land it 😂

  20. jorge Nelson felix on October 8, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Espectacular muy bien 👍👍

  21. Jonah Hallam on October 8, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Some engineer saw that scene in The Dark Knight and decided to build it in reverse.

  22. Alan Morgan on October 8, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    AUV Fugro geo-ranger was in testing but never got FAA clearance.. used same capture device over 13 years ago

  23. transformers majapahit on October 8, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I think this is must be secret…why USA always show the confidential product.

  24. STRANGE DISCOVERY on October 8, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    nice vid

  25. AmMo 19 on October 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    I would love to see this at my local RC club….

  26. Bill Kelsoe on October 8, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    DCS scan eagle

  27. OmegaLUL Botyt on October 8, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    lol sweet

  28. Harry 8642 on October 8, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    do they power ANYTHING with electric, the damm drone carrier had a petrol engine?

  29. Monster commenter on October 8, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    not an exact science but pretty damn cool

  30. spiddyman007 on October 8, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    If this were the North Koreans landing this drone the comment section would be a tad more critical. Hypocritical. Ain’t it?

  31. Paul Stafford on October 8, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Where those the only two videos that didn’t show it crashing into the boom?

  32. Hakim Hermyrizal on October 8, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    not gonna lie zipline’s drone from rwanda is far more superior

  33. Bill Kelsoe on October 8, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    imagine that spring starter inserted into a body cavity…

  34. Saint Pat on October 8, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    They shouldn’t have posted this what if the people they’re spying on learnt this method as well

  35. Joshua Middleton on October 8, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Why not just use vtol? At that size I’m sure it’s a lot easier than on a real jet and it would remove the need for the launcher/catcher device.

  36. DEEPAK JOSEPH on October 8, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    ok ..what the hell… there was a competition by DARPA and some institution. It was about increasing the distance of drones by making them launch from other vehicles. They wanted drones to be launched from super galaxy (fat airoplane).. I suggested that it’s better to use a blimp with escorts and this reverse sky hook… I even drew an detailed plan for this… they missed the relative velocity factor. Drone need not crash on to the hook. It could be caught simply by a v shaped wire if it’s from a blimp matching the speed of a slowing drone…hmmm nice by the way.

  37. Cris LeRose on October 8, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    This technology probably only cost us taxpayers a couple of billion dollars..what a bargain

  38. Berkay Güngör on October 8, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    It’ll work… With the cost of a wing.

  39. ana7871001 on October 8, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    i thought it might be accured damage for this drone easier…

  40. Joe Smith on October 8, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    That landing reminds me of when I ran into the screen door when I was a kid, one of my earliest memories; that, and touching a bee. Doh!

  41. DERPY RAGE on October 8, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    hahaha, that phase in everyone s mind when the wing tip gets closer to wife," ooohh don’t grab don’t grab "

  42. BrazenBullXXX on October 8, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    That violent catch can’t be good long term for sensitive camera equipment, navigational tools, and the air frame. If hobbyists can create a similar design with vtol capabilities I’m sure the military can too. In between this and other videos I have seen It is almost like they are 15 years behind hobby grade remote control enthusiast builds.

  43. C D on October 8, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    How many MOAB can that carry?

  44. Wassup Yo on October 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    This really shows that unique is not always better

  45. Christian on October 8, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Reading the comments of people who have never flown or built UAVs is entertaining.

  46. Eric Clifford on October 8, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    we should just land passenger planes like dis

  47. Brian Min on October 8, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Im surprised the wings dont get ripped of , bc it looks like the leading edge gets caught on the line, but it also looks like its the propeller that catches it… wouldn’t that ruin the engine from the torque fighting the entanglement, or the propeller just cut through it?

  48. محمد الأموي on October 8, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    America 🔫🔫🔫👎👎

  49. Black Box on October 8, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Damn that thing is tough.. I bump a tree and mine goes to pieces.

  50. Tony Stadele on October 8, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    How many millions that cost ? I bet DJI can do better for less than 100 thousand ohh I forgot is Chinese so they can use it for the U.S Defense Department

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