A "Skyhook" is a "hook" used to lift an object on a long cable hanging (metaphorically) from the sky, realistically from some other object supported by the "sky". The term seems to have originated in its imaginary sense first as a hook simply hanging from the sky, but became used as a nickname for the
Fulton surface-to-air recovery system, a retrieval method to be used by an aircraft.
Other physical manifestations of the concept include:
Skyhook balloon, a type of unmanned balloon used by the United States Navy in the late 1940s and in the 1950s for atmospheric research
SkyHook JHL-40, an experimental combination airship/helicopter in development by Boeing, primarily for low impact logging
Skyhook (structure), a still conceptual class of tethers used for transporting material to and from a planet's surface into orbit
"Skyhook" can also refer to any of the following:
* Cessna Skyhook, a helicopter produced in the early 1960s by the Cessna Aircraft company that was marketed to the civil sector
Skyhook (boarding), a binding used in skateboarding and related sports
Skyhook (climbing), a hook used in technical climbing
Skyhook (skydiving), a device for quickly extracting reserve parachutes
Sky Hook", a Hugo-award nominated science fiction fanzine
* An explanation of design complexity in the universe that does not build on lower, simpler layers (coined by Daniel Dennett in "
Darwin's Dangerous Idea")
Skyhooks, an Australian rock band of the 1970s
Skyhook Wirelessis a service for determining geographical location by looking up the MAC Address of a Wireless Access Point
"Skyhook" is a nickname for the following:
Airco DH.6an early (1916) ab-initio trainer aircraft.
Hook shot, a basketball shot popularized by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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