New NASA Tech Kills Drones Without Touching Them

POSTED BY   Jonathan Wood
14th July 2017
NASA Kills Drones Without Touching Them | TDMB Tech

Drones, are they good or are they bad? According to NASA, it’s the latter. So, new technology released by NASA kills drones in mid-flight… but why?

NASA Kills Drones Without Touching Them | TDMB Tech

I’ve never flown a drone so my opinion may not be valid. However, I do know they are becoming more and more mainstream, so do you think we need a deterrent to keep them at bay?

Just the other day, Gatwick was thrown into chaos when a drone entered a no-fly zone. Now, it could have been an honest mistake but the fact remains that a single drone could down an aircraft or even fly into Downing Street or Buckingham Palace.

The fact is they pose a grave threat to safety and security as the sky is literally the limit! There are deterrents out there now such as geofencing and even eagles are being used to swoop down and destroy drones.

A new software system called Safeguard monitors the drone’s proximity to FAA-designated no-fly-zones like airports, military installations, and stadiums. Sounds awesome but how close is too close?

Should a drone continue to make its way towards the restricted airspace they will suffer a system failure and it will lose all flight controls rendering it useless.

I think this a great idea, don’t get me wrong I think drones are cool and they serve certain purposes, but there has to be a level of control. Otherwise, something catastrophic will happen. There about 5 million drones worldwide at present but this is set to increase to 7 million by 2020.

The downside is, and I didn’t know this, but geofencing systems rely on GPS, which is prone to signal loss or interference. So it’s not exactly infallible.

Safeguard uses algorithms to track a drone’s movement relative to the geofences.  Basically, this tech gives a more precise position on the location of the drone. However, it does say that cutting power is a last resort.

I have to say I would not want to see a drone tumbling down like a stone towards me!

Now the positives, drones are being used to inspect wind farms, power lines, there even being used for by developers and agents for property purposes so it’s clear they have their uses. This technology is as much for the airline pilots as it is for the drone operators.

Despite concerns about the negative ways that drones can be used, such as for terrorism or espionage, these positive uses prove that drones aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, so long as we are prepared to regulate their use, drones represent another technological innovation with the potential to change the way we live and work for better.

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Jonathan Wood

Jonathan Wood is Business Development Manager at TDMB Tech. A passionate tech geek, he loves talking to anyone and everyone working in the world of technology. He’s also a massive advocate for getting tech companies the exposure they need to build their presence within the booming technology industry. Aside from his love of tech, Jon is also a long time Spice Girls fan (he was a member of their fan club throughout the nineties). If you would like to get in touch with him, either about Technology or The Spice Girls, you can drop him a line on Twitter, LinkedIn, or email him directly: [email protected]

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