Drones continue to be polarizing: many photographers are embracing them for the way they enable new creative opportunities at relatively affordable prices, while some are bemoaning them as a danger, particularly to air traffic. Three British companies worked together to develop the Anti-UAV Defence System (Auds), which will soon be deployed for testing by the FAA and two U.S. companies.
The problem of drones near airports has been receiving both increasing coverage and increasing time and effort spent on coming up with a suitable resolution. A new system developed by Enterprise Control Systems, Blighter Surveillance Systems, and Chess Dynamics in the UK will soon be tested at several US airports, with US-based companies Gryphon Sensors LLC and Sensofusion also joining the tests. The system allows the operator to sight a drone via a thermal camera, then jam the drone's communications using radio signals, rendering it unable to communicate with its remote controller. As the government works to quickly legislate these devices, solutions for situations in which a drone flies near an active airport also need to be developed, regardless of what the final laws end up being. While it's unclear who will operate such a device (someone in ATC or a designated operator), it seems like an intriguing step in the right direction.