Secret Service Quadcopter Showdown
Due to a recent scare where a quadcopter ‘dropped in’ on the White House unannounced and other incidences where drones have been spotted flying near sensitive areas around the world, the US Secret Service are now training on how to take down hostile drones in real-world environment.
According to a news report by The Associated Press, the Secret Service are going to conduct middle-of-the-night test flights for the next few weeks over Washington to devise a defense against rogue drones.
Since the tests made use of signal jamming technology, they were done at night to diminish the chances that radio jamming would accidentally affect nearby businesses, drivers, pedestrians and tourists. The public was also warned earlier about the tests, so as to prevent unnecessary panicking.
Details are still classified but an official said the Secret Service are testing drones both for their own use in law enforcement and protection, and to identify how to defend against hostile drones. Previously, testing methods to combat drones have been conducted at remote sites, so the challenge now is to see how quickly they can detect and take down hostile drones flying near the White House or any other location where the president is.