Star Wars Producers Wanted A Fully Operational Drone Defence System

Star Wars Producers Wanted a Fully Operational Drone Defence System

When it comes to spoilers, commenters from all corners of the internet are quick to demonize whoever leaks precious plot details, but when it comes to J. J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars VII, we can't seem to help ourselves.

Anticipating our feverish need for insider info, Star Wars heads at Pinewood Studios, a English film studio and current keeper of mountains Star Wars' spoilers, anticipated that sneaky UAVs would be a problem. Back in 2004, when Revenge of the Sith, commercial drones were not nearly as prolific as they are now, so in order to detect incoming rebels, the studio tried to purchase a "DroneShield" earlier this summer before the leaks even started happening, according to Motherboard.

What exactly is a DroneShield? Well, here's a description from the company's website:

DroneShield warns installations to the presence of drones through an enterprise-grade sensor network and alerting architecture that integrates easily with existing security systems and accelerates the apprehension and prosecution of violators through real-time warning and digital evidence collection.

Our patent-pending acoustic detection technology results in high detection rates with low false alarms and is able to detect drones without RF links (IE on auto-pilot) or that are invisible to radar (most small, plastic drones are). Each DroneShield contains a database of common drone acoustic signatures so false alarms are reduced (IE ignores lawn mowers and leaf blowers) and in many cases the type of drone is also included in the alert.

And here's the physical evidence supporting the studios' drone hunting schemes:

Star Wars Producers Wanted a Fully Operational Drone Defence System

Unfortunately, there was a thermal exhaust port-shaped flaw in their plans. According to a DroneShield rep, the order never went through due to export restrictions. Unfortunately for them (and wonderfully for us), the producers were right to be worried. This summer has seen a complete avalanche or airborne spying despite the crew's openness to providing short teaser videos and images to satiate our cravings.

#StarWarsEpisodeVII Filming at RAF Greenham Common on Saturday

— Justin Reeves (@1JUS) September 10, 2014

Of course drones have only been part of the problem as people equipped with telephoto lenses have also snapped a few teaser pics. Perhaps, we were just meant to see these images. Maybe it was the will of the Force. [Motherboard]



    I wonder if there is any comment to be made about Gizmodo happily posting drone video that was taken against somebodies wishes and being outraged by the recent celebrity phone hacking?


      But we don't think you should look.

      Yea phone hacking is actually illegal though. There is currently a huge legal grey area with regards to airspace and privacy. Something like outside of 10m off the ground and its not an invasion of privacy.

      Greenies have been doing this to "legally" (as there have been no successful lawsuits against them so far) spy on farms that claim free range practices etc.

      So it will be interesting to see how this pans out but currently its not illegal.

    "Their drones will blot out the sun!"
    "Then we shall film in the shade."

    I have this vision of all the skies in Episode 7 being photoshopped to mask out the drones.

      Due to the limitation of the dynamic range of most cameras, skies have traditionally almost always been keyed/matted out with artificial/pre-recorded skies as the ones in the original shot would generally be blown out. Even if they were using high range cameras like RED, I wouldn't be surprised if all the skies are replaced, considering the film is based around a fantasy sci-fi universe across a range of planets with different atmospheres :).

    Pfft. Yeah right. I guess J.J. "Mystery Box" Abrams needs to release pointless images of the movie that reveal nothing about the movie apart from the stupidly obvious to build up hype and get people chomping at the bit to watch what will ultimately a mediocre flim all by himself.

    I believe some people have already created drone viruses which can be transmitted via the normal control means. That's one of the things I'd be invested in if I was the studio.

    Drone seeking laser Drone, defence shield..? :)

    Full sized props? Actual sets? George must be horrified!

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