Tokyo is using drones with nets to combat rogue drones

By Shawn Knight
Dec 11, 2015
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  1. Rogue drones flown by nefarious pilots have the potential to cause all sorts of problems. In the US, there have been hundreds of close encounters between airplanes and drones which has prompted action from regulators. In Japan, authorities are taking a more hands-on approach.

    Following a security scare earlier this year involving a drone, Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department has developed a drone designed to incapacitate other drones flying in unauthorized airspace in the capital city of Tokyo. How so? By scooping up the rogue drone in a large net, of course.

    A senior member of the police department’s Security Bureau told The Asahi Shimbun that terrorist attacks using drones carrying explosives are a possibility. The hope is that the drone will allow them to defend the nation's functions with the worst-case scenario in mind.

    The police force will initially maintain just a single defense drone which will have a three-meter by two-meter net hanging from the bottom. In the event that a drone enters restricted airspace and doesn't comply with police warnings, the drone will be deployed with hopes that the net will render the rogue drone useless.

    As seen in the video above, the net gets tangled up in the rogue drone's propellers. This effectively disabled the drone while preventing it from falling out of the sky and potentially injuring people on the ground. It seems silly but if the threat can be eliminated without harming anyone, I don't see why police forces in other countries wouldn't adopt a similar method to fight rogue drones.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,377

    "The War of the Drones" is coming, in a place not too far away.
    Auth3ntic0 likes this.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,295   +663

    I think what you meant to say was...

    "Begun, these Drone Wars have."
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    Good. If people won't listen then they must feel. They can break those rogue drones into itty bitty pieces as well as far as I'm concerned.
    rondean2000 likes this.
  5. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,617   +494

    They're really going to have to change the official definition of the term drone soon to make up for all the miss use of the word in regards to these remotely controlled quadcopters, hexacopter and the big boy octocopters. It won't be the first time miss use of a word has resulted in it being changed, I just wish people would acknowledge the true definition of the word drone, besides the male worker bee in a beehive.

    That being said, if I ever saw one of these remote controlled copters spying on me or my family, it would be blasted out of the sky by means I am not at liberty to discuss, it's not a shotgun if that's what your thinking, much more DIY creativity involved.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,517   +677

    Awwwwww ...... we already got the predecessor when those pesky one's fly over the house at low altitude .... nothing a good Remington Pump won't put a stop to!
  7. JamesandBennie

    JamesandBennie TS Booster Posts: 162   +14

    Cool idea. Brings a whole new meaning to the term "Predator Drone".
  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,142   +482

    All this stuff with drones reminds me of when caller ID became a thing. What was the first thing to happen after caller ID? Caller ID blocking of course!

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