The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has long had a keen interest in drones. The military’s research wing has worked on and sketched out ideas that range from turning drones into wireless hotspots to making drones hunt like wolves. One problem that persists, though, is safely landing drones in remote areas.
This week DARPA published the first footage of an ongoing project called SideArm, which is all about creating a mobile crane setup to solve that issue. Instead of scraping across uneven ground, DARPA tapped Aurora Flight Sciences to create a crane that can be used to snatch drones out of the air.
DARPA essentially borrowed (and inverted) the tech that slows and traps the jets that land on aircraft carriers.