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Drone integrated acquisition tracker

Modular system is capable of signal jamming and capturing video feed of unauthorized drones

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Drone swarm. Image Credit: U.S. Army Photo by Pv2 James Newsome

Scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center–Crane have recently invented a system for drone detection, tracking, and remote controlling. The patented technology is available via patent license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

Radio Controlled Model Aircraft (RCMA) equipped with video systems are increasingly being used by adversaries or unauthorized persons for undesirable and illegal activities. As commercial RCMA technology becomes more advanced, cheaper, and readily available, the need to detect and respond to threats will continue to grow. Previous and existing methods to detect UAS’s include radar systems and acoustic signatures. Both have limitations.

Those who wish to be informed of an unauthorized drone presence and its activity need to scan, track, intercept video feed, acquire line of bearing, and slew-to-cue (integration of radar or other target detection device that tells a PTZ camera where to point) for identification and defeat of the intruding drone. Navy researchers have developed such a system utilizing the specific frequency transmitted from a drone, dramatically increasing the probability of detection and resulting in a more reliable system.

The technology has the ability to not only receive signals but also transmit signals. For C-UAS missions the system can transmit signals to jam the command and control (C2), telemetry, video, and GPS of the UAS. The system can also send legitimate but spoofed signals to deceive.

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