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Tango0105 Dec 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

"Throughout history, humans have employed falcons as lethal hunters of other animals. Now those raptors are being sent after drones.


It turns out that many of the skills feathered predators use to find a tasty lunch can be applied to the developing field of drone defense. A U.S. Air Force-funded study by zoology researchers at Oxford University suggests that the means by which a peregrine falcon tracks its quarry could be effective in defending against drones that threaten troops, police or airports.


The researchers fitted the falcons with miniature video cameras and GPS receivers to track their angle and method of attack on other birds, or on bait being towed through the air by a drone. In a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S., the falcons' approach to intercepting its target aligned closely with the rules of proportional navigation, a guidance system used by visually-directed missiles…"
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Lion in the Stars05 Dec 2017 1:53 p.m. PST

As long as they aren't using the birds to try to actually knock the drones out of the sky. Drones have 4+ Cuisinart blades attached to them, a raptor trying to grab a drone would get it's feet amputated!

Personally, I prefer what I call a 'drone-smoker', which is a ~1200W microwave oven emitter piped through a waveguide and directional antenna horn. End result looks a lot like a Blowpipe launcher due to the PVC pipe to protect the waveguide, but 1200watts of 2.4GHz RF signal will burn out the receiver and cause additional damage to the electronics. Drone drops like a brick.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2017 6:38 p.m. PST

Hmm … Cyborg hawks!

Dan

Tango0106 Dec 2017 9:55 a.m. PST

(smile)

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