Weekly Tech Roundup | Aug 30, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: drone technology edition

Our tech roundup this week includes five of the latest and greatest drone technologies invented by leading federal laboratories.

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Drone integrated acquisition tracker

Navy scientists invented a system for drone detection, tracking, and controlling.

The Navy's system uses 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 and can also send legitimate but spoofed signals to deceive.

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Drone forebody mount for wind tunnel testing

Navy scientists invented a fixture that allows an aerial drone to be secured to a test stand for use in wind tunnels and other flight condition simulators.

In particular, the patent describes a ring adapter that attaches to the forebody of the popular ScanEagle aerial drone, developed and built by Boeing subsidiary Insitu. However, an alternate geometry of the fixture will enable components from other UAVs to be mounted in the same way.

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Drone biosensor system for detecting biological hazards

Navy scientists invented a drone-biosensor system capable of detecting the presence of hazardous agents without putting a person in danger of contamination or exposure.

The system attaches to an unmanned aerial vehicle, and its operator can control the drone’s path to identify potential threats or conditions of interest.

It can also remotely scanning for signs of life to assist in evacuation near an accident or contamination scene.

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In-flight detection, tracking, commandeering rogue drone system

To detect, record, and commandeer unauthorized or enemy drones, the Navy has developed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) data collection protection system (DCPS) platform.

Additional functionality includes the ability to monitor what data is being collected by the drone, prevent the data from being sent back, and otherwise interfering with the ROVs operation.

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Drone delivered counter-drone net

Drones for ground, sea, and air applications can be used as delivery platforms for improvised threats including explosive, chemical, radiological, biological, and electronic warfare devices.

And there are incidents of drones flying in restricted airspace, disrupting commercial air traffic, and accounts of these devices covertly spying on civilians.

The Air Force has invented a novel technology to capture drones in use (while flying, driving along the ground, or operating at sea).

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