We’ve seen all kinds of weird methods for taking down drones. But if you’ve been wondering what the most dangerous one may be – I think I’ve just found it. Russian defense manufacturer JSC Almaz Antey has created a monster: a drone that flies around and literally shoots at other drones with a shotgun.
In December 2018, drone sightings shut down Gatwick Airport in London and left more than 100,000 passengers stranded. Three months after this major incident, the UK government has decided to expand drone no-fly zones around all major airports. From now on, instead of 0.6 miles (1km), it will be illegal to fly a drone within 3 miles (5km) around airports.
Shooting down drones in the USA has been a thing for a while. Or at least, attempting to. And while there may be circumstances under which civilians are allowed to shoot down privacy-invading drones, the US government wants their chance, too.
Congress has now passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, which will allow them to “disrupt”, “exercise control”, or “seize or otherwise confiscate” drones that they perceive to be a “credible threat”. But it is not without objection.
It is forbidden to fly drones near airports, and if you do it, you can cause a huge chaos. However, there are still people who don’ seem to care about it, and they keep flying their drones near airports and even near airplanes. Like this dude, who flew his drone dangerously close to an airplane during the takeoff.
Earlier this year, we were quite surprised (to say the least) by the information that Dutch police were training eagles to take down drones. And what’s more, it seems that the weird approach against UAVs worked. But it appears eagles in Australia require no training to do it. Because they started seeing surveillance drones as their prey, a mining giant Gold Fields has lost nine drones!
Irresponsible and ill-intentioned drone operators continue to pose safety and security hazards, and researchers continue to develop inventive ways of taking out the rogue devices.
The Drone Catcher is not the first anti-drone solution nor the first anti-drone drone, but it’s definitely the closest one to possessing superhero capabilities.
Developed by Michigan Tech’s HIRo Lab (Human-Interactive Robotics), the Drone Catcher fires a net at other drones and catches them mid-air.
Battelle recently announced the DroneDefender, an inexpensive, handheld, point-and-shoot system that will prevent the ever-growing number of drones out there from becoming security or safety threats.
Using radio control frequency disruption technology, the DroneDefender can disable a potentially dangerous or hostile drone from a distance of up to 400 meters by making it believe it is out of range. This will cause the drone to follow its built-in safety protocol (hover, return home, or slowly descend) and prevent detonation or other remote-controlled functions.