Cheap drones, like the DJI Phantom, are becoming a ubiquitous technology.
They can be cheaply used for surveillance (unmanned aerial surveillance), and in some cases they are being weaponized.
How can you perform counter-drone operations?
First of all – we’re assuming you are legally able to do this.
There are “no drone airspace” restrictions in place around many government facilities, including Air Force Bases.
Let’s look at the options.
Physical damage to the drone through gunfire is also an option.
But, firing off guns (especially up in the air) can lead to more trouble than it is worth.
Bullets fired on a high arc have to land somewhere – and that’s both a safety risk to people and it is highly likely to cause collateral damage.
Nets can be used to ensnare drones – but this is a relatively short range method.
As we’ll see, there are easier ways to counter drones.
Command and Control Disruption
Systems like the Dronebuster are capable of interfering with the drones radio command frequencies.
This effectively neutralizes the drone, and prevents it from being used for it’s intended purpose.
The DroneBuster shown above is capable of commanding the drone to descend – or to return “home” (from where it was launched).
It is a self-contained, hand-held unit – and weighs less than 5 lbs.
The DroneDefender is another technology that works by disrupting the remote control signals of the drone.
These solutions can also interfere with the GPS signals used by the drones to navigate.
Because these devices use disruption of radio frequencies (ISM and GPS); it is not legal for civilians to own or operate these devices in the United States.
(In general jamming or spoofing any radio frequencies is illegal as per the FCC.)
Types of Drones
Quadcopters (4 rotors) and Hexacopters (6 rotors) are popular designs for drones.
They are stable and easy to control thanks to their multiple rotor blades – and their digital flight computers.
The drone is normally able to “fly itself” given waypoints. It does this using GPS navigation.
What You Should Know as a Drone Operator
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) provides information and regulations in regards to flying drones.
Counter Drone Methods – In Summary
Drones are an emerging threat.
But the industry is evolving ways to counter drones.
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