Not sure why this is better than throwing, but perhaps it handles bigger planes better? At any rate, it's a clever design.
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.
+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. :-)
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?
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….."
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!
What could possibly go wrong :-)
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.
Would be interested to see if it's capable of lifting the back of my 8000lb Land Rover.
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