Not sure why this is better than throwing, but perhaps it handles bigger planes better? At any rate, it's a clever design.

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 23, 2016 at 7:29pm

Wow.  Interesting concept.  But it looks terrifyingly dangerous.  I've got a lot of experience winching off road trucks, using a "Widow Maker" jack, etc, and I would never use this thing.

Comment by davidbuzz on January 23, 2016 at 9:06pm

+1 for cool. 
+1 for novel use of car's weight to become the trebuchet's ballast.
-1 for risk of dropping car on foot.

still looks to be in the +'s to me.  :-)

Comment by JB on January 23, 2016 at 10:02pm

Lol nice!

Kudos for idea and design.

But launching a 10kg aircraft can be done much simpler without the safety risk, size and complexity of such a frame. I also can't imagine the tow-ball being manufacture rated for those type of upwards loads. Do you have to buy a SUV that fits the size/weight of your UAV? 

Comment by Laser Developer on January 23, 2016 at 11:40pm

Ummmm…. most vehicles don't have a front hand brake. Can you imagine the insurance claim? "Vehicle landed on my foot shortly after which aircraft impacted the roof of the vehicle and caused said vehicle to roll forwards down the side of nearby cliff dragging launching structure into telephone lines which uprooted the telephone poles and lead to local telecoms outage….."

Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 24, 2016 at 2:42am

Ummmmm +1

Comment by Tad Pole on January 24, 2016 at 4:35am

I love seeing new ideas in this area, so let me give praise for the post. Thanks!   I did chuckle at "compact form factor" and "intact inner space" though. I mean, having to haul something on the roof could be applied to anything, and usually isn't a plus. Nice spin though!

Comment by Stephen Gloor on January 24, 2016 at 5:53am

What could possibly go wrong :-)

Comment by Michael Doornbos on January 24, 2016 at 5:59am
It's terrifying and awesome all at once
Comment by Ravi on January 24, 2016 at 7:36am

I would be more worried about the car. the rear shocks are generally very expensive to replace. but hats off to the imagination and creative ideas.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 24, 2016 at 11:01am

Would be interested to see if it's capable of lifting the back of my 8000lb Land Rover.


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