With all the incidents popping up regarding drones and airports, it seems inevitable that a final solution will come to fix the problem. An answer, suggested by airports, involves drone jammers, as well as a literal force field that brings down drones that come inside its range. This way, even if drone operators fly their devices within airport grounds, the airport still has control of their airspaces. Airplane-drone collision incidents are at an all-time high. Will these new solutions solve this growing threat?
Inside the Drone
Speaking of solutions, what about the drone itself? While radars and geofencing technology may be an option for airports, it is still an outside solution. Is a potentially available solution in the drone? DJI may have a solution in mind.
DJI is one of the world’s leading names when it comes to drone technology. Recreational drones, while fun to play with, can still pose a danger – especially in the hands of an irresponsible owner. DJI fixes this by adding aircraft detectors within their drones. This way, collisions with planes would be far less likely to occur, even if the owner flies it in a dangerous area.
The technology, dubbed by DJI as AirSense, detects signals and outgoing broadcasts in the area. If it happens to be an aircraft, the drone sends a message to its owner informing them of the incoming danger. AirSense can detect incoming planes from miles away, giving the drone operator enough time to steer clear.
Take note however that AirSense can only scan for incoming planes and warn the owner. It is still in the owner’s prerogative to take any action. This still leaves the responsibility at the hands of the owner, with AirSense only acting as a safety precaution. Indeed, with a safety net handy, hopefully drone-plane collisions would soon be a thing of the past.