By 2020, it is expected that more than 30,000 unmanned drones will cover the U.S skies and plans to integrate them to the skies are almost in place. Up to 2015, 327 drones had authorization to fly in the country for different uses, such as to count Sea lions, monitor weather research, and control drug trafficking along the borders. Although progress has been made in many other countries to regulate the use of drones, there is no standard solution hindering drones from flying over businesses and private homes.
Although people love drones used for aerial filming and photography, they may pose risk if flown over communication facilities and power generating stations. However, whether legitimate or not, it is illegal to harm drones. As a result, several alternatives have been developed to strike the rogue drones down without destroying them.
The Robotic Falcon
This is a drone with a highly accurate net that can fly in similar in pattern and speed to almost all drones available in the market. Some researchers in Michigan Technological University designed a drone catcher that shoots the net to the target drones. The Robotic Falcon a safe method for trapping the devices while also lowering the damage on the trapped drone, making it conducive for investigative purposes. Moreover, the catcher neutralizes the drone and takes it to the target location.
Anti-UAV Defense System
Control of unmanned aerial crafts is a global issue and particularly for the military and other security agencies. These crafts can be utilized in the smuggling of explosives, weapons and toxic chemicals by terrorist groups. In response, the UADS has launched the first fully fledged detect-track-disable system which includes a frequency inhibitor, visual disruptor and rapid deployment features. The UADS device tracks the small UAVs, classify the target, and disrupt their function. This technology is set to counter different size crafts by detecting any within a five-mile radius.
Birds of Prey
Due to the recent affordability of drones, lots of people are able to buy and fly the device with or without proper authorization. While most use them for recreational and commercial purposes, a few fly them for malicious purposes as evidenced by the rising cases of drug trafficking, porn, marijuana and tobacco smuggling. In January this year, the need for control became paramount when one accidentally crashed on the White House lawn.
To this effect, the Dutch law enforcement has collaborated with Guard From Above in the training and use of birds of prey to take rogue drones down from the flight paths. This a simple alternative where the Eagles grab the drone using its claws and grounds it. The birds see the device as prey and carry it to a secluded area. The trainers are expected to determine the effects of this method on the bird’s well-being and make a ruling on its possible use.
The Battelle’s Drone Defender
Battelle on the other hand is looking to introduce a contact-free ray gun in addition to the many anti-drone devices already in the market. The drone defender utilizes invisible beam and device radio frequency disruption to disengage the drones and ground them while watching out for dangerous landing or any potential self-destruction. The device can jam ISM bands and GPS signals and offers 5 uninterrupted hours of use with allowance for about 400 meters shooting distance.
This alternative beats other available non-contact devices due to its portable design and light weight (below 10 pounds). If you wish to own the device, for now you will have to forget the thought as it is not available for use by private citizens since the research firm responsible maintains that the ray gun was primarily designed for military and security functions.