Over the years, we have seen quite a lot of drones which might be designed to seize different drones. One of the newest, aptly named the Drone Interceptor, makes use of removable net-pulling propellers to get the job finished.
Designed by Lithuanian hacker Aleksey Zaitsevsky, the plane takes the type of a quadcopter with a really excessive power-to-weight ratio.
This attribute permits the Drone Interceptor to shortly take off, attain the troublesome goal drone, and circle round it to get an excellent look – an onboard digital camera helps with the latter, by transmitting real-time video to the ground-based operator.
Once it has been decided that the opposite drone ought to certainly be introduced down, the Drone Interceptor will get positioned beneath it. Upon a command from the pilot, its 4 propellers then quickly speed up and detach from the body – on the similar time, a packed Kevlar web which the propellers are hooked up to can be launched.
As the propellers proceed to fly upward, they pull the online open between them, so it wraps across the different drone. With its personal propellers now jammed by the online, that plane proceeds to fall to the bottom.
The most important physique of the Drone Interceptor additionally falls, though it is suspended from an robotically deployed parachute because it does so. It additionally emits a loud beeping sound whereas it descends, permitting it to be extra simply retrieved for reuse.
Zaitsevsky envisions a situation by which floor patrol autos can be outfitted with a number of Drone Interceptors, every copter in its personal launch container. Whenever a trespassing drone was noticed coming into a restricted space, the motive force/operator may cease and ship one of many Interceptors after it.
We’re nonetheless ready to listen to again from him, concerning any prospects of the know-how being commercialized. In the meantime, you may see a Drone Interceptor prototype in motion, within the video beneath.
Drone interceptor with a web gun and removable rotors. Prototype.