Part Racing Drone, Part RC Airplane, Part Rocket…all Menace. How else could you describe a quadcopter that shoots off at high speed and is designed for taking down other small quadcopters? The Interceptor Drone by [Aleksey] borrows elements from all of the aforementioned disciplines of flying things.
Built with standard racing drone parts, [Aleksey] assures that no prohibited parts are used in its construction. Instead, the Interceptor Drone relies on a very powerful motors and a light weight frame to keep the power to weight ratio in the “rocketing into the sky” category.
But what Interceptor Drone would be complete without a way to take its target out of the sky? This is where the biggest divergences begin. The motors are all oriented to point away from the center-line of the craft. Upon command, these motors actually detach from the frame, each spreading out and deploying the corner of a net that’s designed to entangle the rotors of the target, causing its battle with gravity to come to a grinding halt.
How does the Interceptor Drone survive the attack? Without its motors, the core of the quadcopter falls to the earth. Arresting the fall is a parachute much like those used in model rocketry. An audio beacon sounds the alarm to help somebody to find it — a move taken straight from the RC aircraft hobby.
There’s certainly a lot of room to discuss legalities in localities, but regardless of opinion about the craft’s intended use, the system looks very slick, and there are some great hacks baked right in. Don’t want to build a drone-killing-drone? Maybe all you need is a pumpkin and good (bad?) timing.
Thanks [Chris] for the tip.
18 thoughts on “Modular Anti-Drone Drone Sacrifices Itself For Self Defense”
Deadly flying carrot!
yes Lexx is what I thought of first
How about a radio beacon for another drone to come get it?
Pick it up with a magnet or somethin’ and whisk it away to safety from angry drone operators and/or cops.
Great idea. I have never really wanted a drone until just now. I hope the price is right, because I want a bunch of these.
The only thing worse than drones is electric bikes. Maybe these can be deployed against electric bikes?
Other than the fact that they always beat me going up hills, what’s so annoying about electric bikes?
He’s likely talking about e-bike rentals, which some consider a blight upon their sidewalks.
deploy the stick.
maybe instead of a net and carrot it could just be a giant flying dildo that seeks to penetrate bicycle spokes?
Have you spoke with Jeff Bazos about that idea?
All you do is wait then throw a stick out in front as they come by. Problem solved.
Could have named it Intercoptor
Porch pirates are now investing in this type of drone to hijack amazon deliveries before they arrive.
We will need anti-anti-drone drone drones!
I am looking forward to seeing amazon’s counter-attack plan. This is going to happen.
Well this might put a new spin on my annual duck hunt.
Why not have a net under it to disable the other drone without killing itself in the process?
It needs to be very fast and maneuverable until the moment of attack. The target may be trying to get away, unlike in the demos shown.
So the future will be full of bird like drones, and or anti-anti-drone swarms around larger drones… I wonder where this arms race will take us?
I haven’t read the original article yet, but any chance this could be autonomous, meaning target acquiring and pursuit?
This one is not, but with a camera and enough processing power, it could be done.
how do i build one tho?
Please be kind and respectful to help make the comments section excellent. (Comment Policy)