The First Anti-Drone Jamming Gun To Neutralize Hostile UAV’s

Radio Jamming Gun Can Disable UAV’s To 400 Ft. Away

The latest in counter-UAV (C-UAV) technology is this portable radio jammer gun. It emits an instant 30 degree cone of radio waves, that can quickly and safely neutralize a percieved drone threat.

Check out this simulation video of an anti-drone gun disabling naughty drones.

This anti-drone gun is being developed and tested by Battelle, a security R&D company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Even though the video was a demonstration, the company creators say that it has been successfully tested.

This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.


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To read more, check out Battelle’s press release.

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2 Ways Hackers Can Hijack Quadcopters

Design Flaws Leave Most Drones Vulnerable For Take-Over

Check out this video that demonstrates a Parrot quadcopter hijack by a malware program called MalDrone.

Despite the popularity of quadcopters these days, only a few seems to be taking into account the risks of cyber attacks.

At the recent Virus Bulletin conference in Prague, Oleg Petrovsky of HP Security Research recently detailed 2 methods that hackers can use to hijack quadcopters.  Most of these quadcopters are available as standard off-the-shelf kits on the market today.

Interestingly, these very same design flaws are being used for counter-UAV security systems, like the Falcon Shield system.


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This Intercepter Drone Could Paralyze Other Naughty Drones

Could This Idea Really Work?

Here’s an interesting idea under development:  The Rapere Intercept Drone.

This drone would specifically be designed to automatically target other drones via scanning cameras, hover above them, and deploy a rotor tangling string to knock them out of the sky.  Potential customers would be celebrities wishing to thwart paparazzi,  business owners requiring tighter security, or anyone seeking privacy.

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The design group claims to be commercial drone developers with many years of UAV experience, and are designing the drone to be faster and more agile than many of the “voyeur-type” drones on the market.  (no way it would catch one of these racers, or a Charpu QAV250)

Other counter UAV (C-UAV) technologies under development are Boeing’s Laser cannon, and Silex-ES (a UK defense company).

Read the FAQ below from the developer’s website

Why?

Having worked in the UAS industry for years, we’ve collectively never come across any bogus use of drones. However it’s inevitable that will happen, and for people such as celebrities, where there is profit to be made in illegally invading their privacy, there should be an option to thwart it.

How is it used?

It sits permanently on it’s charging base, indoors, until ready to deploy. Simply take it outside, put it on the ground, and press the GO button. The Rapere will take off, while at the same time scanning the sky for drones. It can tell the difference between a bird and a drone, and will fly over top of any drone within range, then disable it.

After the target drone is disabled, it will return to base and land, where you can add a new tangle-line for a second flight.

How does it work?

Lots of (12) high framerate (90 fps) moderately low res cameras (VGA) pointing in every direction, with structure from motion being used to guide the drone to it’s target – hovering above the free floating target drone. Fortunately for us detecting a free floating object which is well illuminated and far from any other visible object is easy. We can burn lots of watts on the onboard computer, because of the short flight time. This is difficult on normal UAS.

When will it be available?

Not sure. We are in talks about mass production, while continuing to develop the product. This also depends on the volume of interest, so please sign up to our mailing list and boost the numbers!

How much will it cost?

It won’t be cheap like a DJI type drone. It will be priced as a professional tool – we don’t want this to become a toy people can use to disrupt legitimate drone use.

What type of drones can it intercept?

Any ‘rotary wing’ like a quadcopter. It isn’t fast enough to catch circling fixed wing drones, yet. We designed it primarily to intercept the type of drones used by paparazzi or voyeurs flying over private residence.

Can the target drone evade interception?

We’ve been having great fun trying, but the answer is ‘not really’. Because of the intentionally designed short flight time (2 mins, vs a normal drone 15 minutes) we can drain the batteries much faster, and have a much higher power to weight ratio. With a flight time of 2 minutes, this is the best performing drone we can imagine from a flight performance point of view. It’s even hard to see it once it’s a few hundred feet up because it’s so fast.

Who are the people behind this?

We are commercial drone developers who teamed up with some computer vision experts to enable the device to ‘see’ and fly itself. Right now we are flying under the radar for commercial reasons, but all will be revealed in time.

To read more, check out the rapere website

UK Defense Firm Pioneered An Anti-Drone Defense Shield

This Could Prevent Catastrophic Drone Threats

Here at Drone Buffs, we advocate the peaceful use of drones for hobby enjoyment and useful commercial purposes.  However, the threat of someone attaching weapons to a hobby drone with the intent to harm the public (like in the stadium simulation below) cannot be overlooked.

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Silex-ES (a UK defense company) has been developing an counter drone defense shield for the past few years, and recently unveiled its system during a London exhibition.  This system is known as a Counter-Unmanned Air Vehicle (C-UAV) system, and it called “Falcon Shield.”

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The Falcon Shield system enables an operator to identify, track, and defeat a UAV security threat by actually taking over control of a drone threat.  Once operators have control, they can land it safely, contain, and eliminate the drone threat.

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UK defense company Selex ES unveiled its sophisticated anti-drone defense system during the recent Defense and Security Equipment International exhibition in London. Three years in the making, the Falcon Shield provides protection from both mini- and micro-sized unmanned aircraft systems. It was designed for a military customer looking to protect soldiers, convoys, and bases from the evolving threat of weaponized drones.

During its presentation, Selex ES did not divulge the details of its proprietary technology but did confirm that it takes advantage of the electromagnetic spectrum to create a shield around a protected area. The system uses a network of camera and radar surveillance sensors that can discretely detect and track a drone in a variety of environments, including “high-clutter urban canyons.”

 

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Boeing Unveils Laser Cannon To Instantly Vaporize Drones

Watch This UAV Target Bite The Dust As It Gets Incinerated

Advances in counter UAV technology (C-UAV) are rapidly being developed as the burgeoning drone industry is exploding in popularity, with over 700,000 unit sales projected for 2015.

As such, designers at Boeing have recently revealed an anti-drone laser cannon called the “Compact Laser Weapon System.”  It’s designed to target a drone, track its movements, and focus a laser beam on to instantly vaporize a UAV mid-flight.  While this laser cannon doesn’t look anything like what we’ve seen in star wars, it is no doubt effective as the following video demonstrates.

Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapon System is not what you would expect from a laser cannon. The device is smaller than its predecessor, the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) that Boeing revealed last year. It looks more like a camera on a tripod than a weapon used to take down drones. The system is equipped with a two-kilowatt infrared laser that shoots a single beam capable of setting a drone on fire in less than two seconds when fired at full power. It’s designed to run for several years with only basic maintenance, and unlike traditional weaponry, it requires no ammunition.

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Designed to be compact, the laser is portable, fitting snugly inside four suitcase-sized boxes and can be assembled quickly in the field by two soldiers or personnel. Once assembled, the device is controlled by a standard Xbox 360 controller and a notebook computer. Custom targeting software lets the laser weapon system take control over the weapon and automatically track an enemy drone. The precision control afforded by the system allows operators to target certain parts of the drone, such as the tail or the wing. Currently, the laser weapon is designed to operated from a static position, but future models may be deployed and fired from a moving vehicle or a ship.
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