Monday, January 7, 2019

Solution to wayward drones?

https://www.tampabay.com/news/military/tampa-tech-company-offers-solutions-to-counter-drones-a-growing-threat-20190107/

"Brought in by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to help protect the show, which featured the Navy’s Blue Angel aerial demonstration team, FLYMOTION detected 46 drone flights in the temporary flight restriction zone set up by the Federal Aviation Administration. Seven of those drones were detected in the airspace where the performances were taking place. By tracing the drone signals back to the base station operating them, FLYMOTION helped police track down some of those disregarding the rules.
By honing in on the radio frequency links between the base stations and drones, FLYMOTION 'detected, identified and located all 46 flights,' said English, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office."

This makes sense, of course, unless the droner has created countermeasures to being detected.

It's going to be an endless struggle against idiot drone operators.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Donald Trump knows more about drones than anybody


"I know more about drones than anybody," Trump said.
This is possible, I suppose. Perhaps Trump has spent an inordinate amount of time studying unmanned aircraft during his tenure in the White House, or, perhaps, he brought to the job years worth of analysis on the subject. It just seems as though perhaps it’s hyperbolic. Even if we constrain the comment to the context in which it was offered — the use of drones to patrol the border — it seems unlikely that Trump is the foremost authority on the subject in the world.