How many of my readers are drone lovers? I have a very interesting news for all the drone lovers but before unveiling it, let me talk about the drones for all the readers who are not familiar with this wonderful object. ‘Drones are robots that can be controlled with the help of remotes and they can do stuffs like zooming along the ground.’ Does this sound interesting? If yes, then keep on reading this post to know about the interesting turn that has taken place last week. It’s about the DroneDefender that is capable of shooting other drones from several miles without actually firing a single bullet.
Is shooting a drone easy?
Drones are not very big robots, having said that I would like to inform my readers that it is very difficult for a person to shoot a drone flying in the sky, that too with the help of a ‘conventional rifle.’ The average diameter of a bullet is approximately 7mm. Imagine the possibility of the bullet hitting the flying drone. Doesn’t it look like a Herculean task? Well, it is obviously difficult but man is an intelligent creature. With technology advancing in such a fast pace, is there something that can be really difficult for human beings? To make the task easier, man has used their brain, due to which DroneDefender has come into the picture.
What is DroneDefender?
DroneDefender is a device that can splash off prying drones, without even firing a single bullet. This surely will provide an easy way of protecting one’s privacy. The DroneDefender has been designed and made by an Ohio-based non-profit research and development firm Battelle. They have uncovered this special device in the very last week.
The Ohio-based non-profit research and development firm Battelle has said that, “DroneDefender is the first portable, accurate, rapid-to-use counter weapon to stop suspicious or hostile drones in flight, providing critical security protection at home and abroad.”
How does DoneDefender work?
Before understanding how the DroneDefender works, we should know what this consists of. DroneDefender has the following elements:-
- Two antennae
- Software defined radio
- Jamming circuitry
- Picatinny rail mount
DroneDefender has two different type of defences. These are
- Remote control drone disruption and
- GPS disruption.
With a look of point and shoot system, this wonderful device works by firing a radio beam in a 30 ⁰ cone. After the radio beam is fired, DroneDefender jams the control and GPS navigation frequencies. As a result, DroneDefender disables drones which lies at a distance within 400 m.
Battelle has said that, “The system not only freezes the UAV, but also stops all outside control commands, including radio detonation signals.”
The website of the developer has also said that, “DroneDefender utilizes a non-kinetic solution to defend airspace up to 400 m against UAS, such as quadcopters and hexacopters, without compromising safety or risking collateral damage.”
Damm Stamm, the developer of DroneDefender has also given the basic idea by saying that, “It basically makes the drone think that it’s gone out of range. The drone enters into safety protocols which include one of the three options. It will either hover in position until the pilot can regain control link, it lands so that the pilot can recover it physically, or it returns to its point of origin.”
Is the DroneDefender really a cool device?
We can say that DroneDefender stands out of the crowd because of the following features:-
• Can splash off prying drones without using a bullet
• Long operational hours
• Directionality: a 30 ⁰ cone
• Easy to use
• Cold start time: <0.1 seconds
• Contemporary design
• Cutting edge technology
With a weight of only 4.5 kg, the DroneDefender can start operating under a tenth of a second. This shows the remarkable fastness and accuracy of DroneDefender. With the availability of optional battery packs, DroneDefender can function continuously for around five hours.
The device is so portable that it can be carried and fixed on a Picatinny rail. The best thing about DroneDefender is that anyone can use it as one doesn’t need any special training to learn how a DroneDefender works. According to Dan Stamm the best policy of the DroneDefender is that it is not damaging the drone while providing protection.
Why do we actually need devices like DroneDefender?
You might be thinking that Drones are such funny, recreational objects that can be played with. But these intelligent robots are not only used for recreation purposes but also for various other reason. A drone can
- Spy on individuals
- Spy on business operations
- Target military, government and law enforcement
I think now you have a clear idea, why devices like DroneDefender are made.
- Battelle’s lead researcher Dan Stamm has said that, “This is just the kind of tool we need to safely counter a drone threat.”
- The technical director, Alex Morrow has further added that, “It can help us in numerous settings, from the White House lawn to bases and embassies overseas; from prisons and schools to historic sites. It easily and reliably neutralizes the threat.”
Plus DroneDefender is the need of the hour because the traditional way of fighting against UAS like by shooting them down is not always possible. As there always stands a chance of risking the security of a life in shooting a drone in a busy area, a device like DroneDefender will prove to be very helpful.
Is DroneDefender currently being used?
No, the DroneDefender is not currently used but it has been successfully tested a number of times in the field. The system of DroneDefender is currently on show at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). It has been reported that the company might start selling the DroneDefender from 2016 to federal authorities. The good news is that, the company will also be targeting foreign markets.
It has also been mentioned that chances are minute that the private use of DroneDefender will be authorized in a short term. It means, the readers who wants the DroneDefender badly, have to wait for a bit longer. But keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.
How many of you think that DroneDefender will change the way of defence mechanism against drones? Are you interested in this new device? If yes, then why? We would like to know that.