Airspace is among some 70 companies working on counter-drone systems as small consumer and commercial drones proliferate. But unlike others, it aims to catch drones instead of disabling them or shooting them down.
It is still early days in the drone-defense business. Security professionals both public and private worry about dangerous drones at military sites, airports, data centers, and public venues like baseball stadiums. Jamming the radio signals to the drone does not always work, either. Drones differ from “remote-controlled” aircraft because they can fly to pre-set coordinates autonomously.
Tech companies are racing to develop ways to guard against the use of a drone as a terrorist weapon. Airspace Systems, backed by Shasta Ventures and the New York Mets’ owner, is working on a system to catch drones in nets and carry them away.
Airspace Systems is making a business out of solving the toughest problems facing the emerging drone industry. The company designed a drone of its own, jam packed with sensors and machine intelligence, to autonomously intercept threatening drones and carry them away from large crowds.
Once it classifies the object, the Jetson-powered Airspace drone fires a tethered net to capture the other craft from the sky and safely returns it to its landing pad. Airspace is the only drone security solution capable of identifying, tracking, and autonomously removing rogue drones from the sky.
Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State in northernIraq last week shot down a small drone the size of a model airplane. They believed it was like the dozens of drones the terrorist organization had been flying for reconnaissance in the area, and they transported it back to their outpost to examine it.
The FAA has named 35 business, association, municipal and academic leaders to serve on a new Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) to advise it on introducing unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.
Speaking today at the AUVSI annual conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues.