Civilian drones have started becoming a menace, especially around airports. To counter this problem, airports try using various tactics. Some use radar jammers to take control of the drone from its original remote. Others use geofencing to shut down drones automatically that fly too close to the airport. Others still, try crazier things to keep them at bay.
Battering Ram Drone
Technology to counter unwanted drones draws inspiration from a very unusual source. In Russia, creators show their battering ram drone – a handy device that in theory can knock drones out of the sky. Yes, it is 2019 and people are still utilizing battering rams to have an advantage in the battlefield.
While the battering ram drone may not be as effective in sieging cities for war supremacy, it can still make an impact. The plan is very simple – it flies in the direction of the drone and tries to knock it out of the sky. The battering ram drone’s design makes it ideal for this sort of work. It is made of very cheap material, so you do not waste a lot of resources in both creating and repairing them.
Design and Idea
For the battering ram to work, it has to be a combination of tough and lightweight. It has to be sturdy enough to make an impact, while also still light enough not to impede the drone’s flight capabilities. The solution for this dilemma comes in the form of cardboard. Yes, you read that correctly. The main body of the drone is a cardboard box cutout. This saves a ton of expenses in material, while still managing to do the job correctly.
The battering ram drone may be one of those ‘too crazy to work’ type of ideas. However, it is cheap, which means it can be more of an option in places. The idea is that the man controlling the battering ram simply flies it to the target drone’s direction and hoping for the best. Yes, that is basically it, and maybe it just might work.