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Heathrow Airport installs anti-drone system that can locate UAV pilots

The UK knows first-hand how disruptive drones can be to major airports. Last March, it introduced legislation to widen the drone no-fly zone around airports to five kilometers. Now, to enforce the new rules, London's Heathrow Airport has installed a system to detect and identify unauthorized UAVs. ( More...

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M20ExecDriver 7
Give the drone pilots a few nights in jail with the dregs of society. That ought to cure them.
john doe 3
"...up to five years in prison..." It's in the article.
ADXbear 5
They need to market this system at all msjor airports here in the US..
Don Quixote -2
The U.S./FAA have more control over drones versus the Brits.
Torsten Hoff 9
Drone laws in the UK are actually more strict than in the US. The problem is that some people simply don't comply with the regulations regardless of which side of the pond they are on.

alex hidveghy 0
Um, no they don’t and I know because I work at a major US airport and know a thing or two about the subject!
GraemeSmith 0
What makes you think the US airports don't have something similar? ;-)
Lee Withers 8
Somewhat ironic, or maybe moronic , that climate protestors cause additional ‘pollution’ by making planes go into holding patterns. Real clear thinking-not.
Don Quixote -3
They don't think like that, all they care about is yelling and screaming their lungs out on the street.
Mark Weiser 2
No just a quick interface into the counter battery mortar software.....
Chuck Chall 1
A good idea but it will only work if the drone pilot is actually in control of the drone. A lot of times they are on internal guidance by GPS and the pilot only takes control when it is back in the area he launched from.
Jim Mitchell 1
maybe a little harsh
Stefan Sobol 1
How will this stop drones that are operating on an autopilot without an operator? It would be pretty easy nowadays to setup a drone that will fly autonomously after launching. Operator launches the drone, turns off the transmitter and walks away (disabling or not implementing RTH function). Just set it up to fly a box pattern near the approach end of an active runway.
Rich Boddy 1
I'll believe it (locating the pilot) when I see it. Unless someone can explain exactly how one can be tracked flying a drone from a mile away to within a few feet of their location.
stardog01 3
I would guess from frequency identification and location triangulation. Like the technology that will show on your phone your location to within a few feet.
cypryfyx 1
I have similar concerns - look up the UK’s mythical TV detector vans. But unlike the stories of hunting TV receivers, hunting transmitters is actually plausible. Canadian flight service stations have VHF-DF. Coast guard stations triangulate a position at sea in about three seconds. Ham radio operators do direction finding as a sport. If you know what frequency the controller is sending, I imagine two or three stations, each costing under a thousand dollars, made from equipment available to hobbyists, would do the job.
Torsten Hoff 1
Most hobby drones use the unregulated 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands that are also used by Wifi, IoT devices, garage door openers etc. There are going to be hundreds if not thousands of radios using these bands in the vicinity of Heathrow. Identifying which is controlling the drone would seem to be quite a challenge.
cypryfyx -1
I’d like to see proof of this. The U.K. has a long history of trying to convince people it can track things it can’t, like people watching television without paying their TV license fee. But that said, a system to track the radio control transmitter for a UAV is a LOT more plausible than the “TV detector vans”.


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