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Finalist Named in Drone Shoot-Em Up


Counter-UAS (C-UAS) Challenge Finalists Announced

The MITRE Corporation has named the eight finalists who will compete in its Countering Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Challenge live flight competition in August. The live flight tests will determine the winners of a $100,000 prize package.

The finalists are:
  • DroneTracker system from DeDrone, Inc., Kassel, Germany, and San Francisco
  • MESMER system from Department 13 International, Columbia, Maryland
  • ICARUS system from Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Maryland
  • KNOX system from MyDefence Communication ApS, Sundby, Denmark
  • Skywall 100 system from Open Works Engineering, Riding Mill, England
  • Dronebuster system from Radio Hill Technologies, Portland, Oregon
  • DroneBlocker system from TrustComs, Versailles, France
  • DroneRANGER system from Van Cleve & Associates, Alexandria, Virginia.
The MITRE C-UAS Challenge attracted entries from a variety of innovators with technologies to detect and identify suspicious small drones (under 5 lbs.) and interdict those that present a safety or security threat. We received 42 submissions consisting of white papers that described each participantís technical approach to detecting and/or neutralizing unauthorized drones in an urban environment.
All of the white papers were reviewed by the core Challenge team and a panel of more than 35 domain and technical experts from MITRE and a number of U.S. federal agencies. Reviewers ranked entries on the basis of the challenge criteria.
MITRE is offering a total prize package of $100,000 as a part of this challenge. The best end-to-end system will win $60,000; $20,000 will be awarded to the best detection system and $20,000 to the best interdiction system. (It is possible for a single participant to win all three prizes.)
The results of this challenge will help government agencies better understand what solutions are possible in this space and inform policy and requirement decisions.
Final Competition Site

The live flight testing will be held August 12-19, 2016 at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, which provides an urban-like setting to run our Red Team scenarios against the competitors. Each challenger will be put through the same scenarios, one by one, so that each sees the same threat. We have also invited a Duke University team to participate in this event and test its system against real-world scenarios. While the Duke solution wasnít mature enough to make the finals, it impressed us for its inventiveness.
The goal of this Challenge is to gain information about a range of possible solutions to the C-UAS problems of many different government organizations. Thus we plan to share technical information about the trends and gaps we observe for the benefit of MITREís sponsors and many other stakeholders around the world.
Source: Press Release
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Jun 06, 2016, 03:55 PM
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As it all this will stop a real threat. Even if they made an impenetrable anti-drone system all a bad guy would have to do is forget the technology and use a low tech or no tech method. Why would a bad guy even bother with a drone ?
Jun 06, 2016, 06:09 PM
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As it all this will stop a real threat. Even if they made an impenetrable anti-drone system all a bad guy would have to do is forget the technology and use a low tech or no tech method. Why would a bad guy even bother with a drone ?
These are all based on the idea that if you interrupt the signal it will stop the drone, which is flawed reasoning. A drone can continue flying waypoints even if the signal is jammed and there are numerous ways it could locate itself if it's GPS were jammed.

To actually stop a drone flown by someone with nefarious intent you need a system powerful enough to actually damage or destroy the electronics and these are not something that civilian operators will or should be allowed access to. There is too much risk of accidentally bringing down a full scale aircraft with something like that.
Jun 06, 2016, 07:38 PM
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Now how's about a "counter-measure" contest?
Jun 07, 2016, 01:56 AM
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Now how's about a "counter-measure" contest?
RF shield the electronics from RF jamming coming from the ground (don't need to shield the top because jamming won't be coming from above), you could use aluminum foil for this. Use an optical system to compare with satellite map to get location if GPS is jammed. Have it continue mission and automatically fly waypoints if signal is lost.

Or as somone else said in another thread, fly it over at 10,000 feet and turn off the motors.


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