How to Down a Drone

Drones are everywhere. Military drones buzz war zones dropping missiles; surveillance drones hover above neighborhoods, looking for anything out of place; even now, commercial drones hide in holiday wrapping, waiting for excited enthusiasts to fly them in a park.


As the market for drones has grown, so too has the market for tools to take them down. There’s jamming rifles, spoofing software, and hundreds of other solutions for downing a drone. But what to buy the budding enthusiast?


A new report from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College could be of some help. The report is a list of 537 counter-drone systems. What works, what doesn’t, and what is just hype.


Arthur Holland Michel is the author of the report, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, and also the author of the book Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It WIll Watch Us All.


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