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DroneDefender Device
Battelle's DroneDefender counter-UAS device in action

Revolutionary, Not Evolutionary

Posted by Battelle Insider on Oct 31, 2017

That’s what Popular Science was looking for with its 30th annual Best of What’s New awards. 

“Products that transform their category, that solve an unsolvable problem, that incorporate entirely new ideas and functions. We’re looking for ideas that are revolutionary, not evolutionary,” according to the contest website. 

That’s exactly what Battelle delivered. 

Battelle’s DroneDefender® Counter-UAS Device was bestowed a 2017 Best of What’s New award in the security category. And we couldn’t be prouder. 

Developers of the technology – Alex Morrow and Dan Stamm – said, “As longtime fans of Popular Science, we are thrilled to be included in this exclusive list. It’s an honor.”

While once owned solely by the military, small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, are now widely available. With increased availability comes increased risk, especially to government personnel and assets. 

The DroneDefender device is a directed-energy countermeasure that quickly disrupts the adversary’s control of the drone, neutralizing it so that no remote action – including detonation – can occur. The technology works by disrupting the remote-control communication with the pilot and the GPS signal that’s used for automated navigation for small, commercial-grade drones. 

The original version of DroneDefender was created using rapid prototyping, with commercial-off-the-shelf parts, and delivered to the field quickly. 

“The demand for the capability was so great that we had to get it in the hands of soldiers as fast as possible,” said Alex. 

Now, with user input and feedback from the field, the next version of the device has launched. 

The DroneDefender V2 device has been redesigned into a single platform that covers more frequencies. The new ergonomic design has miniaturized the electronics and integrated them into the larger unit for a new look and enhanced simplicity. This new version eliminates the electronics backpack and has only two moving parts: the selector and the trigger. The improvements also extend its range to more than 400 meters. 

“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future,” said Joe Brown, Editor in Chief of Popular Science. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.”

We couldn’t agree more. 

The DroneDefender device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. The DroneDefender device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained. Only authorized members of the federal government can operate the device within the United States. Units have been sold, and are available to be sold, internationally subject to federal government approval. 

 

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