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Unmanned Vehicle Launch and Recovery System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030139D
Publication Date: 2004-Jul-29

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Concepts are disclosed for the recovery or launch of unmanned vehicles. These concepts are applicable for both aerial and underwater vehicle recovery. The concepts use a "kite" or tow-body to deploy and control a cable. The cable is fitted with a homing device/beacon. The vehicle is equipped with a receiver and logic to home on the beacon and a cable capture device to attach to the cable. A tractor mechanism may be attached to the cable to move the recovered vehicle to the ship, or to move it from the ship to a launch position. The basic configuration is illustrated in the attached figure.