Recently, the Department of Defense and the Homeland Security Department have entered into an agreement to purchase 100 anti-drone systems called the DroneDefender, which are developed by technology company Battelle, as their solution to the threat posed by unmanned aerial vehicle such as GPS-enabled drone for spying and bomb/weapon/drugs delivery.
The Anti-Drone System DroneDefender
The DroneDefender is a gun-shaped device. It’s not for shooting people (of course), rather it functions as an anti-drone system shooting drones as far as 400 meters away. Once hit with the radio beam, the 3G drone quadcopter may lose control of its system or interrupt GPS data transmission.
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Taking Control: Not an Easy Task
A Battelle representative said that as a counter-measure for drones, when the anti-drone systems are interrupted, it responds by landing; however, this is not always the case. Other GPS-guided drones when stripped of its ability to control the aircraft will still float in the air aimlessly until its batteries run out.
In the video presented by Battelle, they demonstrate how the DroneDefender takes down a drone’s command system. The anti-drone systems effectively disable the drone’s program and steer it to the ground.
Though their promotional video says DroneDefender has been “successfully tested,” the company did not make any claims that it can take control actively of a drone. That would be a huge statement considering the wide range of drone control design available. Furthermore, even advanced quadcopters have weak control encryption; however, the arrival of anti-drone systems such as DroneDefender will surely prompt drone makers to develop UAVs with higher standards.
The Rise of Anti-Drone Systems
As drone technology flourishes, the emergence of this kind of tool is unavoidable. A federal government client has in their position a similar device called Dronebuster. Flex Force, the creator of Dronebuster, says they’re in the process of creating another version of the device that can actually give command to a suspicious aircraft.
To prevent your UAV from being tagged as a suspicious aircraft and get hit by such anti-drone systems, install a GPS drone tracker to monitor its location and ensure you are following rules concerning drone flying.
Regardless of its contribution to the solution and security, the appearance of this kind of devices may be the beginning of a continuous game of cat and mouse involving the drone manufacturers and users and those who want to take them down.