SAN DIEGO — Folks in Nationwide Metropolis and the Metropolis of San Diego may see balloon-like objects floating within the sky for 4 days in October. They’re monitoring techniques designed to shortly establish drones flying in massive cities.
The Protection Superior Analysis Initiatives Company (DARPA) is partnering with the Cities of San Diego and Nationwide Metropolis from October 21-25, 2019 for the challenge.
City settings current a problem for monitoring and figuring out drones as they journey between and behind tall buildings. Underneath DARPA’s Aerial Dragnet program, the testing includes sensors on two massive tethered aerostat balloons roughly 500 ft above floor stage (AGL) over San Diego and Nationwide Metropolis, in addition to radar/optical sensors aboard hovering drones and at fastened building-top places to supply large-area protection. The sensors are tuned to solely detect small drones and distinguish them from background objects similar to buildings, autos, and animals.
San Diego was a pure alternative to check this technique given town’s participation within the FAA’s Unmanned Plane System Integration Pilot Program (IPP). Whereas DARPA’s focus is on defending U.S. troops from drone assaults in city settings abroad, the system beneath growth might in the end assist defend U.S. metropolitan areas from potential drone-enabled terrorist threats.
The testing additionally contains roughly a dozen industrial off-the-shelf drones, much like these obtainable at electronics shops or on-line retailers. These drones will simulate unauthorized/ unidentified drones flying within the metropolis to evaluate how properly the system identifies them. The drones have onboard cameras to help controllers with navigation solely—they aren’t geared up to report or retailer knowledge.
All drone flights can be beneath 400 ft AGL and have been coordinated with the FAA to not have an effect on civilian or navy air site visitors within the space. Drones can be flown by skilled FAA-certified UAS pilots.