There are a variety of anti-drone solutions already in market, and it seems like a new one is announced everyday. This latest anti-drone solution comes from Michigan Technological University. Similar to the SkyWall, this solution from the Michigan based team fires a net. However, unlike the SkyWall, this solution is deployed not from the ground but from air. It’s actually deployed from another drone.
Michigan Technological University’s latest drone-catcher system deploys an octacopter armed with a gun that fires out a net to entrap and carry off rogue unmanned aerial vehicles flying where they shouldn’t be.
Developed by Mo Rastgaar, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the university, the system can launch a net up to 12m to capture drones and drag them off into the air, away from their target.
The idea is that if the rogue drone happened to be carrying an explosive payload, for instance, shooting it down or having it crash land would not be desirable. So the drone-catcher is capable of mid-air capture and transport, either autonomously or via human control.
If you were curious what it’s like to experience being shot down from a net, take a look at the image above. That’s from the perspective of the test DJI Phantom when it was being disabled with the net.
About Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University (commonly referred to as Michigan Tech, MTU, or simply Tech) is a public research university located in Houghton, Michigan, United States. Its main campus sits on 925 acres (374 ha) on a bluff overlooking Portage Lake. Michigan Tech was founded in 1885 as the first post-secondary institution in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and was created to train mining engineers to operate the local copper mines.
Science, technology, forestry and business have been added to the numerous engineering disciplines, and Michigan Tech now offers more than 130 degree programs through its five colleges and schools. US News and World Report ranked Michigan Tech’s undergraduate program 116th in the nation based on peer assessment, student selectivity, financial resources and other factors. Michigan Tech was also rated among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review.