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Many UAVs use specialized landing systems. For instance, the Boeing/Insitu Scan Eagle and Blackjack both "land" by snagging a vertical line with a wingtip mounted hook. To do that reliably, the Skyhook retrieval system has a GPS antenna at the top of that line and transmits its location to the incoming UAV which homes in on a location directly underneath the ...


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Aspect ratio. Look at your two images: both wings offer the same wingspan, but the former requires a lot more wing area for it. Wing area is weight. More wingspan for less wing area means better fuel efficiency and thus better range. Poor aspect ratio, leading to excess induced drag, is a major disadvantage of delta wings. Much of modern stealth design is ...


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