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Permanent Protective Drone Swarms

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Given the threat of cheap drone swarms coupled with increasing domestic disruptive activism, protective counter drone swarms are needed at events and facilities. Sports stadiums, large outdoor public gatherings, religious buildings, critical infrastructure will need either periodic or permanent drone coverage capable of interdicting attacking hostile drones/swarms. These should be autonomous given the likely extremely long periods before an attack but the requirement for constant vigilance.

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1 year ago
Echo said
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The current challenge with existing drone technolo [...]
The current challenge with existing drone technology would be battery lifetimes. This could be solved by using a powered tether for persistent operations and switching to battery during counter drone activities.

Because drones aren't that expensive the vehicle could be the munition that functions with a proximity fuse when it gets with the effective range of the blast cone of a charge in the nose of the drone.
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What makes this idea new or different?

Threats are now coming from the 3rd dimension, so traditional walls and barriers supported by human security is going to be critically deficient in the future. An option would be to have a mobile ground sentry with single or multiple aerial drones that it can launch as needed.

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aj said
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Something like this could also be used to solve th [...]
Something like this could also be used to solve the problem of how to safely bring down a rogue, threatening, or enemy drone in a populated area. I've seen the concern raised of how to safely neutralize a drone without crashing it into a building or a crowd. This swarm might be able to disable the drone and form a sort of cushion for it to fall on, then carry it to a safe landing site. The swarm operators could then collect it and send it for analysis to determine where it came from, what it was doing, and who controlled it.
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What will be the implications of this idea?

It addresses new vulnerabilities as adversaries take to the skies in numerous and anonymous new ways. The active security will be more obvious than traditional barriers and security cameras.

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Adaptive said
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Could potentially be easy to hack and turn against [...]
Could potentially be easy to hack and turn against the user. Recommend adoption of highly restrictive operational protocols for protective swarms to prevent this.
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1 year ago - stealth2016 said
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An aerial support "mother ship" for the drones to [...]
An aerial support "mother ship" for the drones to recharge/swap batteries and/or swap mission payloads could extend coverage and security options.
1 year ago - stealth2016 said
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Have the option of non-lethal anti-personnel paylo [...]
Have the option of non-lethal anti-personnel payloads as well as anti-drone ones to assist in riot/looting situations.
1 year ago - stealth2016 said
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Can be used for traditional threats like tagging a [...]
Can be used for traditional threats like tagging an intruder with a Taser, to delay them until security forces arrive.
1 year ago - aj said
What makes this idea new or different?
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Something like this could also be used to solve th [...]
Something like this could also be used to solve the problem of how to safely bring down a rogue, threatening, or enemy drone in a populated area. I've seen the concern raised of how to safely neutralize a drone without crashing it into a building or a crowd. This swarm might be able to disable the drone and form a sort of cushion for it to fall on, then carry it to a safe landing site. The swarm operators could then collect it and send it for analysis to determine where it came from, what it was doing, and who controlled it.
1 year ago - Adaptive said
What will be the implications of this idea?
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Could potentially be easy to hack and turn against [...]
Could potentially be easy to hack and turn against the user. Recommend adoption of highly restrictive operational protocols for protective swarms to prevent this.
1 year ago - Echo said
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The current challenge with existing drone technolo [...]
The current challenge with existing drone technology would be battery lifetimes. This could be solved by using a powered tether for persistent operations and switching to battery during counter drone activities.

Because drones aren't that expensive the vehicle could be the munition that functions with a proximity fuse when it gets with the effective range of the blast cone of a charge in the nose of the drone.

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