A Defense Against Drones - Galt's Engine

Rendering drones surveillance null and void via modern tech in the hands of “ordinary” citizens. Sound implausible? An Oregon company intends to make drone eye-in-the-sky defense available to the public. That’s right. To YOU. “Domestic Drone Countermeasures” claims to intend selling equipment that will make it impossible for drones to “complete their mission” by disabling their mission capabilities. (Post Edit: Method at the end)

From their splash page…

“Many different, large area, small area, mobile and fixed Countermeasures and systems are available. All are Non-Offensive, Non-Combative and Not Destructive. These countermeasures are Highly Effective and Unbeatable by most current Domestic Drone Technology. Single and Multiple Layer systems ensure success at impeding all typical drone sensor, IR and camera capability and effectiveness.”

Interesting to note, is their IR impediment tech. I wonder if that could be adapted to defensive purposes against intruders’ ground based equipment? What about the other tech? Can the scale and plane of operation be adapted from vertical to horizontal operations? Defeating FLIR would reuqire a physical shield or some means of rendering the image into a useless blob.

This is a new company, founded in February. Obviously, it will take time for them to bring products to market. In their online pdf, available at their web site, they state,

“Due to the growth of drone technology, the domestic drone countermeasure market is expected to grow quickly. In fact, the countermeasure market is likely to be as large as the current drone market itself.”

This is exactly what I was thinking when I first read about them. Where there is one, there are more – or will be. Competition for security services such as these has room and opportunity to grow. Each new product made available will spur others to meet or exceed projected capabilities. It will spawn a whole new industry of people guessing what is coming to market and getting in on the hype. The end result of this competition is what we see everywhere when free competition is allowed – better products at lower prices.

The difficulty in all of this is that verifying a product’s effectiveness will be very hard to do.  As it all sits right now, we have no idea where an intruder’s drone will operate, how it will function, or how much private information it has collected and transmitted. Even with DDC’s equipment on-site and operating, being able to verify its effectiveness will difficult or impossible. We simply have no way to look at what “they” are looking at. Unless there is a way to see what is being transmitted, how do you know?

Because official agencies use drones, too, I’m led to believe that certain things will happen – by legislation and regulation.

  • All countermeasure technology will have to undergo review for possible sensitive technology export to hostile actors
  • Electronic emissions from counter tech will undergo review by FCC and others for public band interference
  • Methodology will be reviewed for the likelihood of interfering with official investigative processes
  • This technology will be graded as to its usefulness by criminals in evading law enforcement activities

The end result of these things and more will be restrictions on allowable capability, conditions of use, and operational review – just to keep things on the up and up.

Even so, I believe DDC is correct in saying that there is a market, and that it will grow. As private UAV and drones usage increases, and as government capability expands, the general population will want someway to regain their sense of privacy. If an umbrella of sorts, something along the lines of the Galt’s Gulch Shield, can be employed over a location, privacy would return. If this tech is along those lines, I’ll have a hard time seeing how justification can be made by anyone to have it pulled down.

Imagine that? Your own Shield. I don’t know what DDC is going to produce, but something along that line is possible, and might be their goal. Something along the lines of a mirage generator, using resonate freqs within the electro spectrum perhaps. A layer of energy that reflects or bends visible and IR light (or equivalent energy wavelengths) enough to distort any meaningful viewing?

Will we be seeing Galt’s Engine in some real form?

(LATER, just before publishing this article.)

I guess I should have read their web site even further. From their services page..

“Multi-layer Drone Shields and Countermeasure Domes for Large area, Small area, Open Area, Mobile, Fixed or Built in to structures using several DDC LLC Proprietary technologies. “

John Galt’s  Shield is on the way.  Who is John Galt? In part, DDC. As long as they can produce a product whose field of effectiveness can be controlled and limited to the persons’ or locations’ border, and not overlap other property, I can’t see how any one could justify shutting them down.

From DDC’s site, a map showing domestic drone usage authorized areas of operation. 667_drone-map

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