This Drone Catches Another By Firing A Net Right At It

This Drone Catches Another By Firing a Net Right at It

Engineering researchers from the Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRoLab) at Michigan Technological University have just filed a patent for a prototype drone-catching system that fires a net to take unwanted aircraft down. Calling the pet project "Robotic Falconry", the researchers say that their drone, equipped with a net shooter, can intercept and physically remove any intruding multi-rotor drone from private airspace. It's like strapping Spider-Man to an aeroplane. Kind of.

The team has published a rather convincing video showing how the prototype — which can be autonomous or remote controlled — is able to tackle a rogue drone.

Last month we heard about a Tokyo police force launching a fleet of net-carrying drones that can capture unauthorised drones that shouldn't be flying in secured airspace:

This Drone Catches Another By Firing a Net Right at It

The new prototype drone-catching system offers a similar, but more spectacular, solution. According to HIRoLab engineers, the net-shooting technique can be effective when force-landing unmanned intruders that would otherwise put the public at risk.



    Ok they are hunting each other, next it's us..... Ahhhhhhhhh

    Those guys really should have done some calculations first, they made the other drone drop and hit the ground. The drones should have been at an altitude of at least 1.4 x the length of the rope holding the net.

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