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Friday, October 16, 2015

Drone Defense



A company, Battelle Innovations, has designed and built a new device for disabling drones. Its DroneDefender looks like a Science Fiction ray gun rifle. DroneDefender works by interfering with the drone's radio communication link.

It's a simple enough concept. How much do you want to bet that a bunch of people are building similar devices in their garage? The DroneDefender is intended for law enforcement agencies. Okay. I get that, but here's a question: if we have the right to bear arms, shouldn't we also have the right to bear arms against drones?

There have been quite few drones knocked out of the sky by good old fashioned shotguns. While I'm sure that's fun and all, one is liable to get into trouble in residential neighborhoods and cities. A silent electronic means of taking them out seems safer.


I was rather amused by firefighters washing one out of the air while battling a fire. Now they were just using hand lines, I'm guessing 1 -1/2 or 1 – ¾ lines. I bet a 2 -1/2 line, or better yet, a master stream appliance would be even more effective. Can't be any worse than trying to knock sea gulls out of the sky -which I've seen happen. No, I didn't do it -that would be cruel, even to sea gulls.

Just you wait, sooner or later there will be detailed plans on the Internet on how to build devices to electronically disable drones -if there isn't already.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. They may even be sold by drone manufacturers, sort of like radar detectors, detector detectors and and secondary detector jammers.

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    1. They may, but I bet they won't let just anyone buy them.

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  2. Drones with cameras should be easy to take out. Drones with missiles, not so much.

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    1. All drones have a radio link to the operator. That's a signal that can be hacked. No doubt military grade drones are a bit harder, but it's still a weak point.

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    2. The armed ones are controlled by a sat link, much harder to jam. Think back-of-a-pickup sized, minimum. Still possible, but it'll take a lot more work, and be harder to conceal

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    3. Anything that uses GPS can also be spoofed. Not that hard to mess up the signal.

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