This article discusses the issue of drones interfering with planes and flying into restricted air spaces, such as airports, and new technology that may solve this issue. A company called Airbus has created technology that will be able to detect drones up to 6.2 miles away, determine whether it is in restricted airspace, locate pilots nearby to alert them, and allows for the user of the technology to take control of the drone. Whether or not this technology will be useful or used by United States federal agencies has not yet been determined.
Airbus presented this anti-drone technology at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but will not have an operational version until mid 2106. The technology used in this product is a “jamming” kind of technology, meaning that it sends signals to the drone that “jams” the information that connects it to the user of the drone so that someone else, like the US government can use it. They used jamming technology that helps US soldiers in Afghanistan prevent road side bombs from exploding as the basis for their product.
Airbus’ technology is already being used by the German military, and they hope to sell it to the US military and other federal agencies. They know that their product will be costly, however they hope that it will go down as they continue to innovate. Airbus also knows that there is a need for this technology as there have already been complaints from authorities about drones interfering with planes and drone sales are expected to increase greatly over the next year. The US federal government has expressed a desire for this kind of technology. They have announced a competition among engineers and researchers to create a similar kind of technology as Airbus has.
Some engineers believe that the technology that Airbus has created will not be useful. An engineer at MIT is among the non-believers because he feels as though drone producers would easily be able to enhance their products and have them not respond to this jamming technology if they wanted to. Also, jamming technology is currently illegal in the United States, because it could be used against the greater good if it is made available to the wrong people. Although this product provides a solution to threat that drones present to air safety, it may not be allowed in the United States and may not be useful to the government as drone technology improves.
One thing that the articles was missing was specific data and incidences of how drones interfere with planes. The writer also could have added reviews of the technology from the Consumer Electronics Show and how successful/helpful it has been to the German military.