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    • You'd assume common sense would be the best deterrent, but unfortunately as the saying goes, common sense isn't so common any more.

    • What do you think? Do you have a clever idea for detecting or intercepting malicious drones? Or are we doomed?

      The radar cross section (RCS) of a drone is roughly the size of some species of birds.

      We have radars that can pick up these slow-moving targets, but we don't park them in front of most major civilian airports due to the expense.

      If we have a couple of incidents with collisions that kill or injure, I'd bet the money would be made available to procure these for major airports in this country.

    • Interesting! Makes sense. But once we've detected a drone, what do we do about it?

      Flight operations would still have to be shut down, and tracking the drone itself via radar wouldn't necessarily make it any easier to locate the drone operator. And the FAA recommends against countermeasures that could cause the drone or projectiles fired at it to fall to the ground. So a single drone hovering over a runway could still potentially shut down a major airport for hours.

      I guess maybe we could deploy a hunter-seeker drone to capture the invader drone in a net and carry it to a safe place? 🤔

    • I'd think best combat would be via radio intercept and interference with their base, unless programmed to independently fly, which is unusual. So in US at least, FCC may have allot more say than FAA over the misbehaving of drones, once their build standards are officialized. It's starting to look as if allot more will depend on Bezos divorce. 😋 

    • I'd think best combat would be via radio intercept and interference with their base, unless programmed to independently fly, which is unusual.

      Back in my days of employment, I worked with a couple of individuals who were pretty big into drones.

      Most of the 'heavy-duty' ones had smarts built into them so they could 'fly home' to a given lat/long point where the flight originated.

      One individual in particular was getting HD resolution video from his from two or three miles out. The device would sense a certain battery level, then would go into 'fly home' mode...only taking a few minutes, apparently.

      So, if the drones that are creating aviation hazards to flights with humans, how much radio power - and on what frequencies - are you going to jam that signal?

    • So, if the drones that are creating aviation hazards to flights with humans, how much radio power - and on what frequencies - are you going to jam that signal?

      All great questions, for those who make the big $$$ ;-)

      To my mind, I think they should be easier to contain than the flying flock of geese at LaGuardia, several years back, or other birds. Maybe the plane design should also be enhanced to protect the motors from entering debris.

    • All great questions, for those who make the big $$$ ;-)

      Yet, it will be the politicians that will screw it up enough that a fully feasible technical solution just won't work.

      (the commercial aircraft itself should be the generator of the jamming signal during landing and takeoff, but only if signals are received by the aircraft. No signals? No jamming required.)

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