Silicon Valley to protect U.S. Military troops from drones
Military historians have long pointed to the Korean War as the last time U.S. Ground troops were killed by an enemy attack from the air. The superiority of American air protection has been suc that ground troops haven’t had to worry about looking to the skies.
ISIS, however, hasn’t developed billion-dollar fighter jets, but as used small drones that can cost under $1,000 and be bought at your neighborhood electronics store. These drones can drop explosives, provide surveillance and improve the targeting of rockets, according to a spokesman at DIUx.
SkySafe, a San Diego startup, disables rogue drones. It uses radio frequency technology to bring unwanted drones crashing to the ground. In some cases, it can force the drones to return to their takeoff point, by reverse engineering the communications and telemetry links that are unique to eac drone model.
SkySafe announced Thursday it has closed and $11.5 million funding round, led by one of Sillicon Valley‘s leading venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz. The company is working with Naval Special Warfare to do testing. They hope to have a prototype ready by 2018. The military is not using the technology in combat at the moment.
“We want drones to be utilized by people and companies to realize their full potential,” SkySafe CEO Grant Jordan told CNN. “We want to make sure that public safety and privacy is intact.”