DroneGun Portable Drone Scrambler

By admin | Security

Mar 18

The number of drones across the world is going up each day and if the number of drones sold over the holidays is any indication then drones are becoming more relevant as each day passes. However there are a sizable number of people who want to get drones of the sky, for security and other reasons.

An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system; which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two. Drone scramblers claim to provide  a safe countermeasure against a wide range of drone models.

So how do you knock a drone off the sky? Well you can shoot it down with a DroneGun – if you are legally allowed to do it that is. Most likely you can’t since only authorized government agents can use a DroneGun or the latest version available – the DroneGun Tactical.

DroneGun which is a product of Australian company DroneShield is basically a high-powered antenna that blasts drones’ own antennas with a signal powerful enough that it drowns out the controller’s instructions. Drones that get blasted out attempt to make a safe landing or if the GPS is scrambled goes back to a known location.

However the DroneGun is huge and requires various other things to use it including batteries and other components making it difficult to carry along. The new version the DroneGun Tactical is not as huge and can be portable.  It is said to be 56 inches long, 18 inches tall and 8 inches wide and weighs about 14 pounds. Still fairly large but definitely smaller than the DroneGun

According to online site TechCrunch ,the FCC hasn’t approved the device for use in the U.S., meaning it’s illegal to operate one unless you’re an authorized agent of the government; for example, someone testing it for the military.

The TechCrunch site also said that DroneShield claims that the Tactical will drop drones more than a kilometer away (about half the distance of the original), though you’ll need to maintain line of sight; if the drone reestablishes signal with its controller, it might just take off again. You should get an hour or two of straight jamming, more than enough to take down a dozen UAVs. A GPS blocker add-on is also available, which makes it all the more sure that the rogue craft will simply descend instead of flying home.

image: engadget.com

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