This ‘DroneHunter’ allows authorities take down rogue drones

This is not your average drone. DroneHunter hunts for unauthorised drones and captures them. It’s a fully-autonomous air defence mechanism. Stray drones can be specifically targeted. Or DroneHunter can learn to find rogue drones itself. DroneHunter captures the rogue drones with a net. Forcing it to land on the ground.

The goal is to stop threats at a safe distance from protected locations. It is able to detect, monitor, and autonomously capture drones in real time. Here’s how it works.

Timothy Bean: The way it works is very simple and straightforward. Usually, a drone is reported in an area where it shouldn’t be. This can be reported by a human. It can be reported by a ground radar system or RF system is detecting a drone in a no-fly zone. That system will autonomously queue or send a message to our DroneHunter. So the law enforcement or official will take the DroneHunter out of their car. Or the drone hunter will be deployed at the site because it’s there to protect the crew and infrastructure. The DroneHunter will receive an automated queue autonomously with no pilot, no joystick, will launch into the air and go to the sector where the target drone was found. Sometimes up to a mile or two away from the area that’s being protected. Or outside the perimeter of the no-fly zone. The DroneHunter will then autonomously with the onboard radar detect the target drone and will track it, and will safely shoot it down with a net and tow it away to a safe location. Either capturing it with a drape net or capturing it with a target net.

DroneHunter’s airborne net gun can launch at 80 mph. It can hit a target up to 25 feet away. The captured drone is then delivered by tether or parachute. DroneHunter was created by Fortem Technologies. The company’s goal was to create AI-based airspace security and safety solutions. The DroneHunter is used by both the US Government and Military. The drone is also used around prisons and stadiums. It’s also available for commercial use. As our airspace changes, DroneHunter can keep any area protected and safe.

Timothy Bean: So, DroneHunter is used by anybody who wants to protect a no-fly zone. So, whether that no-fly zone is around a border, around a data center, around a stadium, an outdoor venue, anywhere you have airspace can be threatened by a drone. A drone bringing a bomb, or invading privacy or doing any kind of illegal surveillance. Those are the customers that want a DroneHunter to control their airspace and keep their airspace safe.

Fortem imagines a world where we can feel safe with autonomous drones in our airspace. No drones were harmed in the making of this video.