By Ron Peterka
(This was supposed to be in the february newsletter but somehow was overlooked – ed) I just got back from the most astonishing RC air show I’ve ever “never heard of”. The Warbirds West SIG I belong to is a small group of actual builders who built a large scale B-29 and we were invited to the Yuma AZ RC Airshow that they put on annually. The guys there had seen our B-29 fly in Phoenix a month or so and wanted us to come to their show and fly for the Yuma crowd. The plane is about 14 ft span, 62 lbs, Zenoah G-23 engines, built from enlarged Don Smith plans.
The airshow runs only one day, but the local club had newspaper and TV ads that turned out a crowd averaging three deep along the entire 600 ft runway, about 2000 spectators they estimate! It’s clearly the best local club type turnout any of us had aver seen. The club members even got together and donated two total rooms and gas money for us to come and fly. When we got there they gave us a rock star greeting.
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While some homeowners are turning to shotguns to deal with unwanted drones, federal agencies and law enforcement lack the necessary technology to deal with this increasing menace. However, thanks to Battelle Innovations and its new DroneDefender, law enforcement now has an anti-drone system designed to disable a drone without blasting it out the sky.
The new DroneDefender uses radio pulses to disable a hostile drone within a 400 meter radius. These pulses interrupt the communication system of the drone, making it think it is out-of-range. The drone’s safety protocols then kick in, forcing the drone to either hover, return to its point of origin, or descend slowly as it prepares to land. Because the weapon jams communication with the nearby operator, the DroneDefender also can prevent detonation and other remote functions.
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The radio jamming system is mounted to a gun chassis which makes the anti-drone weapon lightweight (10 lbs or less) and easy-to-use. It is designed to fire within 0.1 seconds of startup and can operate for five hours straight. Not only is this system efficient, this rifle-like design also is familiar to the DroneDefender’s targeted audience — government agencies and law enforcement.
Known for its ability to transform technology breakthroughs into useful hardware and services for both government and commercial customers, Battelle Innovations developed the DroneDefender using its in-house expertise that spans both military and technology applications. The company plans to begin selling the DroneDefender in 2016 and already has several federal agencies interested in obtaining the anti-drone weapon when it’s released next year. Though it will be available to government agencies in the US and overseas, it won’t be available for consumer use stateside, as it currently operates on non-consumer frequencies controlled by the FCC.
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Drones have moved from military darling to consumer item in the last few years, with applications ranging from entertainment to video capture to sheep-herding tool. But despite the popularity of GoPro-enabled models that follow you down the slopes and record your every mogul and wipeout, it’s clear the military aspects remain items to watch.