Counter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (CUAV) Spring 2016

Project Leader:

Project Engineers:

Background and Purpose:


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology presents a myriad of security and privacy concerns to both the private and public sectors of society.  In the last decade, drones have become cheaper, and instructions for their construction and operation have become more well documented.  Even more recently, is the development of more professional drones sold in pre-built kits ranging from 50 to 50,000 dollars.  The major issues with this freely-available technology come from two primary sources. Firstly, cameras, audio recorders or other information capturing devices can be attached to these drones which would allow UAV pilots to conduct surveillance on a given area.  This raises many privacy concerns if this surveillance were to take place on private property or within areas guarded against civilian incursion.  The second concern is a more physical security risk. Namely, explosive devices or other weapon systems could easily be attached to UAV’s and activated remotely.  The goal of the Counter-UAV team is therefore to mitigate these risks associated with drone technologies via a security system whose details are outlined in the Project Objectives.

Counter UAV Test Drone


Project Objectives:


The final deliverable for this semester will be a working counter-drone that will utilize the chilled gas release system selected from the fall semester to disable a dummy drone. This counter drone will be designed such that all parts can be 3D Printed. The gas release system will be governed by a set of thermodynamic equations for conduction heat transfer and fluid flow. A summary of specific objectives is as follows:


I. Design a cold gas release system

A. Finalized thermodynamic equations

B. Testing on battery to generate an average value of thermal conductivity

C. Pneumatic controls to control gas release

II. Design a counter-drone platform to mount the gas release system

A. CAD Files of all parts

B. Design around gas release system

III. Manufacture a physical drone

A. 3D Print parts

IV. Manufacture a control system for the physical drone

A. Determine appropriate microcontroller

B. Write code

C. Wiring




Week 3: Finalized thermodynamic equations, complete pseudocode for control system and finalize initial CAD models


Week 6: Design of gas release system completed


Week 7: Completed design of electrical systems, refined and finalized CAD models


Week 8: Begin production of counter drone


Week 9: Finished first draft of all code for drone


Week 11: Complete fabrication of counter drone


Week 12-13: Refinement and testing of counter drone


Week 14: All final presentation/binder materials completed.