This is one of the methods to launch airplane drones, because airplanes need initial speed in order to fly. Catapults are used in order to throw airplanes into the air easily and quickly, where there might not be enough distance to speed up, or the drone might not have the gear to speed up (which saves weight and control systems). Catapult launched airplanes will need additional reinforcement in order to withstand the throwing force from catapult.
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