The exponential growth in drones registered with the FAA in the past two years is both impressive and reason for concern. With over 1,000,000 registered drone operators in the U.S., the probability of misuse of this technology has increased significantly as the FAA incident data demonstrate.
This growing threat is actively being addressed overseas by the U.S. military with various counter-drone solutions. However, many of these technologies are not appropriate for the U.S. civilian market for a number of reasons. In addition, a solution must be as comprehensive as possible to be effective yet be affordable. It also must be highly dynamic to adapt to the rapid and continuous changes in drone technologies that are being introduced to the market at an increasing pace. This adaptability is essential to maintaining an effective defense against nuisance and malicious drones.
Please note: When considering a system to detect the presence of drones in a defined airspace, be certain to understand the laws and regulations pertaining to restricted interactions with this type of aircraft.
When considering a system to detect the presence of drones in a defined airspace, be certain to understand the laws and regulations pertaining to restricted interactions with this type of aircraft. Third-party interference with drones-in-flight irrespective of their perceived intent or behavior is prohibited by several U.S. regulations.
In evaluating counter-drone systems, be sure to clearly understand the capabilities and constraints of the systems under consideration relative to their compliance with current laws. The HawkEye Aerial Defense System, although technically capable of taking over control and safely landing a threatening drone, will not have this feature activated until current laws and regulations are modified to permit this action.