Launching and landing a fixed wing drone is challenging, particularly in poor weather or if there are obstacles in the area. Many drones are designed to handle very heavy landings, or use parachutes (which have their own shortcomings of reliability and positional accuracy). Launching often requires large and heavy catapults.

As a part of the Halo UAV development, we have created LaRS – a launch and retrieval system for VTOL aircraft. For Halo, it catches the aircraft while it’s still in its rotational flight mode. But it can also be used to increase the reliability of landing for more traditional VTOL fixed-wing UAVs, multirotors and helicopters.

Particularly useful in high-wind environments, and for launching and landing on moving or rocking vehicles, LaRS will compensate for inaccurate landing trajectories in gusts. Catching the aircraft with a secure mechanical connection, LaRS can stop rotorcraft from sliding around a moving or rocking deck, and it mitigates the risk of tail-sitters toppling over before launch and after landing.

USD $4,499

Pre-order / Estimated shipping date: 7 January 2019

LaRS Robotic Arm

The robotic arm is the core of the LaRS system. It is suitable as VTOL support for the Halo range of UAVs, using our custom Capture and Release Mechanism (CaRM), as well as for multirotors using our multirotor attachments, which are also available as a standalone product if you want to support a fleet with a single LaRS system.


Weight 5.6 kg
Dimensions (collapsed) 700 x 360 x 80 mm
Reach area (circle diameter) 800 mm
Case dimensions 790 x 500 x 290 mm
Mounting options Ground, Trailer, Vehicle
Features Automated deployment & recovery
GPS and vision-based tracking

USD $69

Pre-order / Estimated shipping date: 7 January 2019

Spare Multirotor Attachment


Flight time 90 minutes (hover) 150 minutes (forward)
Weight (net) 2.0 kg
Wingspan 2.4 m
Length 1.8 m
Speed 30-50 knots
Range 160 km
Battery 21.6 V; 7,000 mAh