Both devices would be illegal in the US. The first is radio jamming technology, which is against US law, and the second is massive overkill to knock down a harmless vehicle. As usual, they show a Phantom, which could not carry a weapon payload, nor an explosive device capable of blowing out a candle.
>>>Also notice in the Radio Spectrum jammer example, they are disabling a hobby drone that's flying OUTSIDE their fenced in perimeter. That would be a HUGE lawsuit waiting to happen.<<<
No chance of a lawsuit, unless somebody is being very obvious about it. First, you can't prove somebody jammed it ( could have simply malfunctioned ) and another thing, who exactly are you going to sue? It's not like you can see radio waves coming out of somebody's house.
"No chance of a lawsuit, unless somebody is being very obvious about it."
I wouldn't say "no chance of a law suite". With the streaming video and flight log data that modern drones send back to the controller, there's plenty of data showing where the drone was, and what it was looking at when it went down. And remember, if the person downing the drone with an RF interrupter can see the drone, the drone can see him and send that video data back.
"and another thing, who exactly are you going to sue?"
These videos appeared to show a non-government restricted access facility. So the answer is simple. You sue the property owner that put up the fence and is paying the guard who "shot" down your drone.
>>>And remember, if the person downing the drone with an RF interrupter can see the drone, the drone can see him and send that video data back.<<<
That would fall under "the obvious about it" clause I mantioned.
You can be in your house or cover the hardware. Radio waves go through stuff, no need to be out in the open, and without actual video footage of you waving the jammer around there is absolutely no way of anybody knowing/proving what exactly happened. Drones go down for a variety of reasons anyway, all the time.
I saw on CBS News a couple of hours ago that the US is likely to introduce a registration system for all drones in the US - they're apparently expecting a surge in drone sales this upcoming summer, and airlines are reporting an increase in drone sightings within controlled airspace.
Cool, but how are they gonna keep track IF a UAV is registered?
I think the only way to do this is by the manufacturer/seller before selling the UAV to the buyer.
The seller could put a tag on the thing with the buyers info before selling it to the buyer, that's the only way I see it.
I don't see anyone who already has a drone running to the registration office to register their UAV.
Unless they are forced and noted personally. They would think, what's in in for them?
Idiots who fly those things to restricted areas wouldn't care about registration either.
Unless they are pre-registered by the seller with the buyers info.
Laws can be proposed, passed, publicised and not necessarily prosecuted. Lawmakers often want the law in place so it can be used if it becomes necessary. Registration of drones is a pointless exercise if viewed in terms of its practicability, but very powerful if the law is used against someone.
Still waiting for my Phantom, ordered, paid for and two weeks have passed without delivery....... I WANT MY TOY!
" and airlines are reporting an increase in drone sightings within controlled airspace"
Although this does have the potential to cause serious damage,the historically greater risk to aircraft is from bird strikes. Unfortunately, in the rush to score the biggest ratings, the media over-blows the possible risk that personal drones may cause, and overlook the actual risk of bird strikes that commercial jets routinely experience. For every headline that says the following, there are 50 others screaming in 150 pt type that hobby drones will likely be responsible for widespread aircraft crashes.
I bought the Phantom from and Australian company because they were offering an Australian warranty, which I figure is quite important. They said they had 5 in stock, but I figure that was not true, many of these companies wait until you place your order before ordering from the supplier. And therein lies the problem, DJI are trying to build up advance stocks at present because of the anticipated Christmas demand. They reckon they will sell a million this Christmas period, world wide.