Landing a Drone Aircraft With No Runway

Using the ‘SkyHook’ recovery system, Marines launch and recover a RQ-21A drone from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego. The RQ-21A drone 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.

Video by Cpl. Timothy Valero