Latest drones publications

Unencrypted key allows drone hijacking

A researcher has discovered a new technique for hijacking drones by attacking a popular radio wireless control protocol known as DSMx. The transmission protocol covers millions of hobbyist devices including radio-controlled toy cars, airplanes, helicopters and boats. While jammers are already available to intercept radio signals and disrupt flight paths, security expert Jonathan Andersson at… Read More

Russia builds ‘deadly’ microwave weapon to take down enemy drones

The Russian government is backing a military research project to develop a powerful microwave-based weapon designed to take out unmanned enemy drones from up to half a mile away. The country’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) created the microwave gun specifically to disrupt the electronics of enemy missiles. Using the ultra-high frequency waves the weapon… Read More

Wi-Fi and cell signals could be of more use than GPS to autonomous vehicles

Researchers at the University of California have developed a positioning system which promises greater accuracy for drones and self-driving vehicles, by utilising near signals such as cellular and Wi-Fi data instead of GPS. The team, from the ASPIN Laboratory at UC Riverside, presented its paper at the 2016 Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System Conference… Read More

U.S. government seeks to develop city-wide drone detection systems

The United States government is looking to develop urban drone dragnet systems capable of identifying Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) that are usually hard to detect in complex environments. The system proposed will involve a network of high-level sensor platforms, either tethered or using long-term endurance hovering systems, which will work in cooperation above cities to… Read More

Edible drones will deliver aid to disaster zones

Following the $20 million sale (approx. £15 million) of his solar satellite venture to Facebook in 2014, engineer and adventure-junkie Nigel Gifford OBE is now developing a new drone project – an edible, disposable UAV called Pouncer. The vehicle has been built to be dropped with extremely high accuracy into zones in need of emergency food… Read More