From Hackaday


A Japanese protester flew a quadcopter with a symbolic amount of soil from the contaminated Fukushima region onto the roof of the Prime Minister’s office in April. Although it was a gesture, it alerted the Tokyo police department to the potential need to be able to pull drones out of the air.


Simply shooting them down won’t do — think of the innocent bystanders on the ground subjected to a rain of quadcopter parts. The Tokyo police’s solution: catch them in a net, flown by another quadcopter, of course.

We can’t embed it here, but go click through to the video. It looks like the police are having a really good time. How long before we see drone-net sets under the Christmas tree, or quadcopter-tag leagues? We’re uncertain of how far the Battlebots in the Sky movement got.

We have no shortage of yahoos driving quadcopters in the States, of course. From interfering with fire-fighting aircraft to simply flying too close to commercial airplanes, people are doing things that they simply shouldn’t. We’ve been covering the US government’s response that finally culminated in the FAA making rules requiring medium-weight drones t.... Watch our front page for more on that next week. Fly safe, folks.

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on December 20, 2015 at 8:34am

I wonder how long before US police departments start using this method for capturing errant sUASs?



Comment by Paul Meier on December 20, 2015 at 8:47am

Given that the average flight time of a drone is about 15-20 min it will still be very difficult to catch (net) rogue drones unless every single policeman has one hunting drone at the ready, and still....

Comment by Darius Jack on December 20, 2015 at 8:48am


Catch a Drone Game

new game, excellent.

It looks like the Tokyo Police has invented a new cat and mouse game and challenge

and captured drone doesn't look to be hurt.

@Cala played once airborne bowl

Comment by Darius Jack on December 20, 2015 at 8:52am

follow-up since edit button disappeared


Now we need to learn a drone to shut down motors if caught to get propellers and motors protected - fail-safe and

alert owner with geolocation data.

Comment by Hein du Plessis on December 20, 2015 at 9:09am
Looks pretty easy to dodge that net. So each police officer will need one, be trained as expert pilot, have enough time to deploy and not have the target pilot make the slightest effort to evade. Surely the money can be spent better.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on December 20, 2015 at 2:52pm

They are going to catch tiny flying objects using another flying object and a small net.. Well good luck with that.

Anyone who has ever played with combat r/c will tell you that even when both pilots are trying to hit each other in mid air, it's actually really hard.

Comment by Patrick Poirier on December 20, 2015 at 3:27pm

LOL !!!

How to transform a 2Kg menace into a 10 Kg crash.... Considering you can deploy this "circus appartus" in 5 minutes anywhere , without warning....Does anybody really believe that is a serious option ?

Comment by Quadrocopter on December 20, 2015 at 4:08pm

This is hilarious, ridiculous. They would never be able to catch my copter in that net......


Comment by armen t on December 20, 2015 at 6:38pm

I'm making a BIGGER one to catch theirs. lol

Comment by Randy on December 20, 2015 at 7:02pm

If the bigger copter with the net had vision based tracking of the little copter then it might have a chance.  I don't think a pilot flying manually has much of a hope of catching the little one.


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