With the rise of drones and the increasing dangers they pose to airports, anti-drone technology may soon be as popular. Drone jammers may soon be a weapon of choice for police, in order to stop a drone in flight. But what does this mean for drone owners everywhere? In addition, how will this change the landscape when it comes to recreational drones? Here are some myths and the truths behind them that a casual drone flyer may want to know.
Myth: Drone Jamming Devices will destroy drones
This is a myth – and far from, the realities that drone jammers are. For the most part, drone jammers work by intercepting signals from your controller and basically hijacking the drone. This enables the jammer to either control the drones themselves, or shut it down. Gaining control of the drone gives the jammer the ability to redirect its flight plan, hopefully away from any dangers in the field. If the jammer wants to set the drone down, then the drone does just that. While still in the air, the drone descends to a safe spot and lands there – perfectly safe. In theory, there should be no problem in damages to your drone, and hijacked drones never receive any problems.
For those thinking that drone jammers shoot artillery into the air while aiming at your drones, you can rest easy. The last thing security wants is a drone exploding mid-air, or one crashing to the ground below. Everyone involved simply wants one thing – the drone to go away from the air space.
That does not mean there are no consequences to a hijacked drone. While the drone gets away from the scenario harm-free, the owner of the drone may not. A drone jammer used probably means a violation occurred in drone regulations. This may mean fines, penalties, or even confiscation of the drone. To be safe, only fly your drones in approved areas, and be familiar with limitations and regulations surrounding your drone.