Past Features

August 31, 2017

Drones Attack Across the Border?
Can we stop them?

Futurism -- August 25, 2017
New Warfare Drones are Small as a Quadcopter
    Defense company Duke Robotics is developing a new kind of drone, capable of being equipped with a machine gun, a sniper rifle, or maybe even a grenade launcher. The TIKAD looks like your ordinary multi-rotor drone, but it packs a killer punch. [...]
    Adding to a sense of unease about the TIKAD, Duke Robotics has released a promotional video that feels like something made by Marvel's fictional weapons developer Hammer Industries.

American Border Patrol -- August 30, 2017
Can we stop drones at the border?
From DHS Science and Technology Directorate:
    The Growing Threat of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems
    The exponential increase in availability and affordability of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and advances in UAS capability create more opportunities for both legitimate and nefarious uses of UAS. This, in turn, poses significant challenges to air traffic safety and homeland security. This is especially true in the case of small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS), defined as systems weighing less than 55 pounds. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components and Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) partners have limited capabilities to detect, track and identify SUAS, and respond to their unauthorized use.
    The Department of Homelands Security is presently engaged in a project called Technical Assessment of Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems Technologies in Cities (TACTIC).
    During 2017 TACTIC, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will assess the selected technology solutions in an urban, operationally relevant environment. DHS S&T seeks to assess the state of CUAS technology and determine if solutions are viable for a variety of current missions and operational settings, or if additional research and development is needed…
    TACTIC is presently engaged in the technical assessment of Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS). The first part of the assessment is going on this summer. The second part, to be held in the late fall, will " test a CUAS technology's ability to detect, track and identify different SUAS under varying conditions and use cases.”
SEIDARM to the rescue?
    American Border Patrol is investigating the possible use of SEIDARM in the effort to detect small drones along the border. We have learned that --- of the technology now on the market such as Quantum Technology Sciences Vector system , Drone-Detector and Dedrone --- each seems to be designed to protect a point, or limited area. Our preliminary analysis suggests that existing drone detection technology could be incorporated into the SEIDARM system to provide continuous detection along an entire border.
    For example, Drone Detector suggests a detection range of 100 meters - about the same spacing as SEIDARM's seismic pods, making it possible to add cabling to the existing bundle and adding a SBC computer to the basic Hub to process drone sensors every five miles. Alarms would be sent via SEIDARM's radio link.
    DHS says its TACTIC program will "assess the selected technology solutions in an urban, operationally relevant environment."
    American Border Patrol hopes to convince DHS to consider the idea of expanding this assessment to the entire border environment.