Dutch Police Use Trained Eagles To Bring Down Unauthorized Drones

Posted: Feb 2 2016, 6:06am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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It is true that many people find Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) such as drones fascinating, but local authorities are starting to tire of the flying gadgets and thinking of low-cost and effective ways of plucking them from the skies - The Guardian reports.

So the Dutch police in the Netherlands partnered with Guard From Above – a raptor-training security firm based in The Hague, to remove unauthorized drones from the sky by using trained raptors such as bald eagles and falcons to pluck out drones from the sky.

Sjoerd Hoogendoorn, CEO of Guard From Above noted that the use of trained raptors to snatch unwanted or unauthorized drones from the sky is a “low-tech solution for a high-tech problem.” Ben de Keijzer, is the company’s chief operating officer and he has a background in bird-handling and training.

Geoff LeBaron of the National Audubon Society disclosed that hunting birds generally hates drones and tends to attack them when properly trained to do so. Drones make birds of prey to think their space is crowded, and feel all the more threatened when the drones appear to come close to their nests.

“The birds of prey are having an aggressive interaction to defend their territory from another bird of prey,” said LeBaron. And the funny thing is that the birds have developed a superior way of dealing with the drones without getting injured by their rotors.

“What I find fascinating is that birds can hit the drone in such a way that they don’t get injured by the rotors,” said LeBaron. “They seem to be whacking the drone right in the centre so they don’t get hit; they have incredible visual acuity and they can probably actually see the rotors.

“Their method of attack is always going to be to hit it in the middle of the back; with the drones they perceive the rotors on the side and so they just go for the rear,” he added.

Japan has started using drones fitted with nets to capture other rogue drones along air flight areas, and Britain is starting to develop a ray that would disable drones in mid-flight when they become trouble in any given area of space.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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