A tool designed to stop enemy drones in flight will be exhibited Wednesday at the AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C.
Ohio-based applied science and technology non-profit Battelle’s DroneDefender debilitates enemy drones while they fly by disturbing the aircraft’s radio control frequency. In a press release, Battelle described DroneDefender as “an inexpensive, easy-to-use, lightweight, point-and-shoot system with a demonstrated range of 400 meters.” Since the system takes control of the drone so quickly, the operator or the drone itself isn’t able to take any further actions such as self-detonation, an action which could potentially harm people and property.
“It [DroneDefender] can help us in numerous settings, from the White House lawn to bases and embassies overseas; from prisons and schools to historic sites,” said Alex Morrow, the technical director for the DroneDefender project. “It easily and reliably neutralizes the threat.”
Because it can function without causing physical harm to the drone it is targeting, the DroneDefender can be used stateside and internationally. The device is portable, though it can be fixed to an object. The DroneDefender has a cold start time of less than 0.1 seconds and can be used for five hours at a time. The weight of each device is predicated on how it is configured, with a minimum weight of less than 10 pounds.
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