These 9 Technologies Can Shoot Drones Off The Sky
Dhir Acharya - Oct 01, 2019
We have seen the fast growth of drones in advancement and applications, but drones have also been weaponized with people attaching guns to them.
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In the past few years, we have seen the fast growth of drones in terms of advancement and applications, but along with positive implications, drones have also been weaponized with people attaching guns, machine guns to them. So today, we will act as a drone hunter and tell you nine ways you can use to take out drones.
1. SkyWall 100
If you have played the game Halo, you will find this thing resembling a loadout weapon from this game. This anti-drone catcher is essentially a net launching bazooka, which weighs about 10 kilograms.
It’s really intelligent. Relying on an onboard AI computer, along with smart-scope, this bazooka is able to identify and analyze the movements of a drone so that the capture is ensured.
The bazooka makes use of compressed air for firing its net, which avoids breaking the drone as it falls down.
If you want to kill multiple drones, you can reload the SkyWall 100 easily and quickly.
The next anti-drone weapon in our list can connect to almost all present drone guns. With a weight of 4 kilograms, the DroneDefender can block UAVs radio, ISM, and GPS signals to force drones to return to their users and land.
As of the beginning of 2019, the weapon was already in use by US Border Control, the Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Securtity.
3. The Anti-Drone “Death Ray” Truck
Since the applications of drones have extended quickly, people always fear that they could fall into the wrong hands, used for terrorism. With that in mind, Boeing has produced this special truck, with a High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HELMD) mounted on it.
Soldiers can control the weapon using an Xbox controller, taking down drones with an invisible laser beam. The truck and its weapon can work in almost every weather condition.
4. The DroneGun
This weapon kills drone by getting into their minds to prevent them from being controlled or operated.
DroneGun relies on subversive electrical blocking for taking out UAVs from a distance of up to 2 kilometers, thanks to GLONASS positioning. The weapon forces drones to return to their owners or land immediately.
Among various uses, drones have also been used for sneaking contraband into prisons, but SkyFence has kicked in.
Measuring 610 meters, the drone shield is installed in a UK prison to take out any suspicious drone flying in its area.
Using signal disrupters, the SkyFence System jams drones’ flight control signal when they fly by, which forces them to fly back.
6. The DARPA Laser
While there haven’t been any documented cases where people attach explosives to drones for dangerous purposes, Japan and Germany have witnessed cases of people using drones as weapons.
The Pentagon, US, has been developing the ultimate anti-drone weapon. The technology was expected to debut next year, which will neutralize any UAV despite its size and shape.
The modular system will be able to work with any vehicle and take out all types of mortar, artillery, rocket, and conventional threats.
7. Drone Hacking
Hacking drones while they’re flying is a viable solution to go against them, but that may result in even more misuse of drones.
According to researcher and hacker Rahul Sasi, you can hijack a drone remotely using malware to kill the onboard autopilot, gaining control of the drone.
You can very soon use such programs to hack any UAV with just a click of a button on your phone or computer.
This method is basically using a drone to catch a drone, developed by Dutch company Delft Dynamics. Drone catcher can lock onto a targeted enemy UAV as it flies in mid-air then launch its net device to capture the target.
Though the use of birds is retired forever, birds of prey used to be a viable choice for law enforcement as they looked to wipe out rogue drones. Eagles, hawks and similar birds were trained to take on drones following command.
Eagles are, by nature, among the most effective hunters, helped by their huge talons and wingspans. This method is no longer in use as birds sometimes have behaviors that they’re not supposed to.