Drone countermeasures. Oh no.

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  1. Tim Joy

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  2. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Interesting.
    “We don’t interfere with the drones navigation in any way. We don’t jam anything. We don’t intercept anything… . This is non-combative. That’s really important,” he said. “We’ve taken great pains to design systems that aren’t going to get shut down or be outlawed or become illegal.”
    My guess? He's figured out a way to use something like a Very Large Candlepower light and motion tracker to "blind" the UAV's camera. We'll see how well that works.

    Which all begs the question: what do you have to hide?
     
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  3. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    I suspect that there will be laws against interfering with UA.
    Let's imagine the FAA issues regulations that require commercially operated UAs to be licensed.
    Let's also imagine that Oregon Senate Bill SB 71-6 passes into law with this provision intact:

    “(7) A person who uses electronic communications to gain unauthorized​
    control over a drone licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration,​
    or operated by the Armed Services of the United States,​
    a law enforcement agency of the United States or a state or local law​
    enforcement agency, commits a Class C felony.​

    There is obviously going to be some debate over what "unauthorized control over a drone" might be, but would jamming the optics not be some form of "control?" I certainly hope they don't point lasers at the UA.

    Andy.
     
  4. Gary Haynes

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    And if they would point laser's at a licensed aircraft that is already a federal offense.

    U.S.C. TITLE 18, CHAPTER 2

    Sec. 39A. Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft
    (a) OFFENSE -- Whoever knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, or at the flight path of such an aircraft, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

    So once we are 'recognized' as some type of aircraft we should be covered.
     
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