Drones are everywhere these days.
Chances are you’ve a seen one buzzing overhead at a park or above neighbourhood streets, and companies like Intel and GoPro are rushing to cash in on the trend.
But not everyone is a fan of the remotely-piloted devices, especially when drones go places they shouldn’t to surreptitiously shoot video footage of private events or to cause other potential security concerns.
A group of engineers in England has come up with a way to thwart the drone menace: A shoulder-fired air-powered bazooka known as the Skywall 100 that can down a drone from 100 meters away. Rather than obliterate the drone in the sky, the SkyWall’s missile traps the drone in a net, bringing it down to the ground intact.
A spokesperson for OpenWorks Engineering, which makes the Skywall 100, wouldn’t provide a price for the device, noting that price will depend on quantity purchased and other factors. In development for seven months, the SkyWall 100 is expected to be in some customer hands by the end of the year, he said.
The company has created a video to show off how it works. Check it out:
Airports are a no-go zone for drones, given the safety problems that arise when the little quad-copters enter the airspace of commercial airliners.
The SkyWall 100 is pretty big and weighs about 22 pounds, but it is quickly hoisted atop the security guard's shoulder.
To use it, you look through the special 'smart scope' which calculates the drone's flight path and tells you where to aim.
The SkyWall uses compressed air to fire a projectile that can travel up to 100 meters (roughly 328 feet). It can be reloaded in 8 seconds.
After snagging the drone in the net, a parachute is deployed to bring the drone back to earth without getting damaged.
The security guard can then go retrieve his prey and rest comfortably knowing that he saved the day.
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