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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 , class of cable based techniques for lifting payloads to high altitudes and speeds
  • Space elevator, a proposed structure designed to transport material from a celestial body's surface into space

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
  • Skyhookmarker, an adaptive suspension system developed by Maserati
  • Skyhook , a binding used in skateboarding and related sports
  • Skyhook , a hook used in technical climbing
  • Skyhook , 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 Wireless is a service for determining geographical location by looking up the MAC Address of a Wireless Access Point

Skyhook is a nickname for the following:

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