Dronecatcher Is a Drone for Stealing Other Drones


The Dronecatcher above has been a work in progress since 2014, with the first proof-of-concept video of the thing appearing in March 2015 with this explanation:

By Michael Byrne | MOTHERBOARD

To counter the threat of unlawful use of unmanned systems, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, together with the Dutch National Police and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, has selected a number of projects in which concepts are developed that can be used to detect, indentify [sic] and/or remove these mobile systems in a controlled manner. Project ‚DroneCatcher‘ of the Dutch SME Delft Dynamics, is one of the ideas that has been selected to carry out a feasibility study.

That first video shows the system in a rather more raw form; crucially, it didn’t then feature a parachute. Just a net and an interceptor drone armed with a giant net cannon. This is an improvement, at least. The targeted drone has at least some chance of surviving intact.