Unmanned Platforms

DARPA seeks ‘infrastructure-less’ UAS launch and recovery under ANCILLIARY

16 February 2020

The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking innovative launch and recovery concepts for small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) under the banner of AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY).

In a Request for Information (RFI) released on 12 February, DARPA's Tactical Technology Office said it was seeking to "revolutionize the design of the next generation UAS and dramatically improve performance through the development and maturation of aircraft configurations and propulsion that allow for 'infrastructureless' launch and recovery without compromise to long endurance flight and payload fraction".

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