When it comes to the problem of stopping errant drones, there’s been a number of high-tech solutions — from radio jamming to laser beams to nets launched by other drones — but a group in The Netherlands is proposing a low-tech solution that’s much more elegant.
Guard From Above says it is training birds of prey to attack drones, taking advantage of their natural predatory instincts and precision in the sky.
A video posted by the company on YouTube shows a bird attacking a DJI Phantom drone as it hovers, grabbing the drone with its feet and flying away with it.
The bird’s claws have scales that should prevent it from getting injured by the fast rotating blades, said the company. But it did say it is investigating extra protective measures that could be taken
It also appears to be a concern to the Dutch National Police, which is investigating the use of birds to take down drones. The police have asked the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) to research potential danger to birds.
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