If you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you like drones. Perhaps you’re a pilot. Perhaps you just like the technology. Or maybe you just like the images and video these drones produce. But there are those out there who use their drones not for the betterment of life, but for malicious intent. And if you were to ever come across one of these rogue drones – what can you do to stop them?
The Verge has compiled the 7 best ways to stop a rogue drone. They are pretty interesting to say the least. But think about it – years from now the airway may be littered with drones. Yes, most pilots will abide by the rules and follow the program. But some will choose there own path entirely.
Here are 7 ways to bring down a rogue drone…if you must (all within the law, of course).
A new startup called SkySafe unveiled its “spoofing” technology today that allows law enforcement or anyone interested in protecting critical airspace to hijack a drone’s controls and neutralize it. “We fully take control of the drone from the operator, it sees us as the legitimate controller, and we can move it to a safe location and land it,” co-founder Grant Jordan told The Verge.
2. RADIO JAMMERS
Battelle recently released its Drone Defender, an assault-weapon-shaped radio jammer that’s all the rage with federal authorities (with the proper permits) because it allows them to basically steal control of a drone from its owner. Plus it looks like a gun from Hailo or some other first-person shooter, and who wouldn’t want to give that thing a whirl. Never mind the fact that they exist in a legal grey area, since drones are regulated like aircraft and it’s against the law for anyone to interfere with aircraft, even the police.
3. DRONES WITH NETS
In response to some foolish protestor landing a tiny piece of radioactive sand on the roof of the home of Japan’s prime minister last year, Tokyo’s police department got serious about drone neutralizing. So much so that they attached a large net to an interceptor drone to use to catch rogue quadcopters.
4. MORE NETS
When you don’t trust a drone to betray its own kind, that’s when you turn to the net-firing gun. Drone Shield bills its product as the “only legal, safe, and reliable option when you feel threatened by drones.” Bag ‘em and tag ‘em.
5. A FREAKING EAGLE
Dutch police recently teamed up with a raptor training company named Guard From Above to see if birds of prey can be used to intercept quadcopters. The country’s law enforcement officials want to train the birds to pluck drones out of the sky without necessarily destroying them.
How would you bring down a drone if you had to? Drone to drone combat? It’ll be interesting as more and more drones take to the skies.