Eagle.One – Drone Hunting System
Eagle.One is an advanced autonomous drone hunter uniquely equipped to help guard air-spaces from rogue drones. In light of the recent cases of drones (UAVs) interfering at civilian airports and other critical infrastructure, the need for an anti-drone or drone hunting system has become more urgent.
The rising fears of using modified consumer drones for terrorist attacks and anonymous threats to factories, stadiums, and government institutions also make it crucial to develop a security system against such threats. Our drone hunting system is designed to autonomously detect, track and neutralize any unwanted drones in an airspace. The drone hunter is easy to deploy and can be seamlessly integrated into an existing security solution.
We have developed an autonomous drone hunting solution called Eagle.One.
The Drone Hunting System
In general, an Autonomous Aerial Interception System (AAIS) detects an intruder drone in a particular no-fly zone, typically using radar and cameras fixed on ground stations. The system distinguishes a drone from other objects (such as birds) and alerts an operation center. If an operator decides to eliminate the intruder, Eagle.One takes off and flies towards the estimated position of the intruder drone.
The Eagle.One drone hunter utilizes a depth image from a stereo camera to facilitate the onboard detection of drones and other flying objects in their proximity. Upon reaching the estimated position of the intruder, the Eagle.One uses actively detects and tracks the moving drone. Since the rogue drone is non-cooperative, the system does not rely on markers for detecting and localizing the intruder. A 3D multi-target tracking algorithm filters the output of the detection algorithm to reduce false positives, preserve the detection’s temporal consistency, and predict the drones’ positions (e.g. to compensate for camera and processing delays). The Eagle.One uses onboard neural networks and artificial intelligence to detect, classify, track, and predict the movement of the intruding drone in order to plan a neutralizing maneuver.
Eagle.One hunts the enemy drones by catching them with a deployed net. An onboard net gun launches and casts the net over a large space, thereby increasing the likelihood of successful intervention compared to other solutions. The shot is triggered autonomously by an onboard computer. Confirmation from an operator can also precede the trigger. However, security-critical applications can use the system solely in an autonomous mode without any operator to speed up the neutralizing maneuver.
After deployment, the net remains connected to the Eagle.One drone hunter via a rope, preventing the caught drone from being dropped. It can then be safely transported to a specific location for further investigation.
Our drone hunting system can be used in several security-critical applications including:
- Military & defense – a small drone carrying weapons or explosives can pose a significant threat;
- Airport security – with over £50 million in damages, the Gatwick Airport drone incident of 2018 was a wake up call to airports all over the world;
- Prison guarding – the use of drones to traffic drugs and weapons is predicted to become a widespread issue;
- Critical infrastructure protection – a growing number of serious incidents involving critical infrastructure, including terrorist activities and cyber threats, require enhanced approached for protection;
- Industrial and private area security – paparazzi and industrial espionage drones have presented a massive risk to private entities in recent years.
More details about the system can be found at http://www.eagle.one.
For more information about the science behind this system, read onboard marker-less detection and localization of non-cooperating drones for their safe interception by an autonomous aerial system.