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Technology Heathrow Airport installs anti-drone system that can locate UAV pilots

17:35  14 january  2020
17:35  14 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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London’s Heathrow airport has deployed a system designed to block drones entering its airspace following a string of recent attempts that Its technology is now part of the French defense contractor’s anti - drone solution, EagleShield. The radar system is also used at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport .

The first video of the unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ) reveals how easily its rogue pilot was able to Anti - drone measures can cost as little as £15 and Heathrow has no excuses for not having them REVEALED: Gatwick airport 's £1million military-grade anti - drone system that tracks and downs

The UK knows first-hand how disruptive drones can be to major airports. Last March, it introduced legislation to widen the drone no-fly zone around airports to five kilometers. Now, to enforce the new rules, London's Heathrow Airport has installed a system to detect and identify unauthorized UAVs.

a view of an airplane window

The one-of-a-kind "Counter Drone" system was designed for Heathrow Airport by Operational Solutions Ltd, with help from manufacturers like Aveillant. In addition to detecting and tracking unauthorized drones, the system will locate the drone pilots, who can face up to five years in prison for flying in a UK Flight Restriction Zone without permission.

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“We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow ,” Europe’s busiest airport said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while Heathrow and Gatwick reportedly spent millions of pounds on “military-grade anti - drone equipment” after the previous drone sighting scandal

Police handed new anti - drone powers after Gatwick disruption. Last week, Heathrow and Gatwick said they had invested significant sums of money in military-grade anti - drone technology. While it would not offer details on exactly what equipment had been installed , Gatwick said it had purchased

According to Bloomberg, the Counter Drone technology uses a holographic radar system, the same used at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport. It's unclear, though, if Heathrow's system includes a way to disable drones once they've been identified.

Better drone detection systems should help prevent major air traffic problems. In 2018, drones flying near London's Gatwick airport during the peak of holiday travel affected 110,000 passengers and 760 flights. More recently, police arrested climate protestors who attempted to close Heathrow Airport using illegal drone flights. In addition to keeping passengers and airport staff safe, the system could help reduce the fuel wasted by flight stacking and delays caused by unauthorized drone use.

Operational Solutions Ltd., Aveillant

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