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As drones fill the skies, some work to shoot them down

Los Angeles Times

A public awareness campaign last year did little to deter the growing number of rogue drones flying near wildfires and forcing firefighters to ground their own aircraft. So this year, the Department of the Interior tried something a little more direct. The agency gave real-time access to data on all active wildfires to two airspace mapping companies as part of a pilot program. One of those firms, Santa Monica-based AirMap, worked with drone manufacturer DJI, which created "geofences" around wildfires. When drones hit the virtual boundary, the geofencing software overrides the flight controller and forces them to hover in place.


Watch amazing spiderman drone

FOX News

This little drone captures and defeats rogue drones'Spiderman'-style. Just like how Spidey slings a web to capture bad guys, this little drone shoots a net to stop dangerous flying drones. Revealed this week at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event, the world's largest defense and security show held biennially in London, this smart drone is already drawing a lot of buzz. Made by Dutch company Delft Dynamics, the DroneCatcher project is supported by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (Military Police), the Dutch National Police and the Dutch Ministry of Safety and Justice. The DroneCatcher is a multicopter – it has multiple blades and can shoot up vertically in the air, kind of like a tiny helicopter.


Counterdrone Technologies Face Slow Ramp-Up at Airports Globally

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Congress, however, has instructed the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a strategy to permit wide use of counterdrone technologies across airports. But like most airports, such entities generally refrain from publicly spelling out their plans. But the Southern California company soon switched gears to focus on sales to the Defense Department while it waited for commercial prospects to develop. "Unfortunately, innovation outpaced regulation," Mr. Williams said, and "it has put the market in a stalemate." To identify and deter drone intruders, companies are relying on a combination of mobile radars, video systems and acoustic devices, according to Pablo Estrada, vice president of marketing for San Francisco-based Dedrone Inc.


Weapon makers declare war on drones

FOX News

Arms manufacturers are rushing to develop missile systems to take down drones. Arms makers are targeting the growing menace of drones at airports and on battlefields with a rush to develop new missile systems, radar jammers and laser cannons. U.S. forces, along with Middle East allies and Russian troops, have been forced to confront hostile drone operations. Commercial flights at some of the world's busiest hubs--in New York, London and Dubai--have been grounded in recent months amid concerns that nearby drones could endanger airliners. The rising number of incidents has put the threat in the public eye and propelled interest in anti-drone technology.


Startups using birds of prey, anti-drone guns to take out straying unmanned aerial vehicles

The Japan Times

SINGAPORE – A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of startups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn't, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky. Dozens of startup firms are developing techniques -- from deploying birds of prey to firing gas through a bazooka -- to take on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are being used to smuggle drugs, drop bombs, spy on enemy lines or buzz public spaces. The arms race is fed in part by the slow pace of government regulation for drones. In Australia, for example, different agencies regulate drones and counter-drone technologies. "There are potential privacy issues in operating remotely piloted aircraft, but the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's role is restricted to safety.