Scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane have recently invented a system for drone detection, tracking, and 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.
- Scan, track, and acquire line of bearing of inbound drones at significant distances using various approaches including passive detection
- Can connect via wired or wireless connection
- GUI can be displayed on a variety of systems including Android applications that can integrate into other applications or systems
- Avoids erroneous detections from systems that use the same or similar detectable systems
- Can detect and track frequencies including C2, telemetry, and video; signals can be encrypted or unencrypted
- Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent Application 20190067812 from the Navy
- License fees paid to the Navy are negotiable
- Businesses that license the technology may have the opportunity to pursue collaborative research with the inventors
- Testing data may be available to companies evaluating the technology
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