Counter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (CUAV) Project Fall 2015

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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. 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:
This semester’s work will consist of three major areas of focus. The first step involves research into the inner workings which will consist of both ‘theoretical’ research, on topics such as signals technology, and ‘practical’ research in the form of a physical, open-source drone test piece. The next area of focus is on the legal aspects of public and private airspace. This encompasses both FAA laws for regulation of and interference with airspace, as well as, FCC regulations on signal broadcasting and interception. Ultimately, this will lead to the development of a means to either secure an area against the intrusion of privately owned UAVs, or a method of active removal of UAVs from a target area. The final deliverable for this semester is to generate proof of concept for the eventual creation of a prototype and test scenarios for future project work.