An English Com­pany Cre­ates a Shoul­der-Mounted Can­non That Cap­tures Drones

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Don't like drones fly­ing within your com­pound? Well then, there are many ways in which you can deal with the sit­u­a­tion. Ob­vi­ously, if you are some­how in pos­ses­sion of a firearm, you are obliged (and de­pend­ing on which coun­try you are in, en­ti­tled) to shoot the ir­ri­tat­ing ma­chine from out of the sky.

If you're look­ing to cap­ture the afore­men­tioned drone, there are also a myr­iad of ways to that. For the Dutch, they train ea­gles (no, re­ally) to hunt down these drones. But, for the British, they de­cided that it was more prac­ti­cal to cre­ate a can­non (again, re­ally) that didn't just knock out the drone, but still keep in­tact for the sole pur­pose of find­ing out what footage the drone has cap­tured.

The weapon is known as the SkyWall100, and it is a shoul­der-mounted can­non de­signed by British com­pany OpenWorks Engi­neer­ing. The can­non is ba­si­cally a gas-pow­ered launcher with an in­tel­li­gent pro­gram­mable pro­jec­tile which, when fired at a drone, will bring down an in­ca­pac­i­tated drone via an em­bed­ded para­chute that con­trols the de­scent of the drone.

The SkyWall100 has an op­er­at­ing range of 10 me­ters, and even has a smart scope built into the sys­tem for eas­ier aim­ing and tar­get track­ing. The best part about the SkyWall100, how­ever, is that it's por­ta­ble and can be rapidly reloaded in a crisis where tack­ling mul­ti­ple drones is key to win­ning a battle.




APRIL 2016

Im­age source: Forbes.

Meet the SkyWall100, a can­non that is de­signed to bring down drones with­out dam­ag­ing them.

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