Police Training Eagles To Take Down Drones

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Although this video isn't in English, you don't need a translator to understand what is happening. Eagles are seriously kicking some drone ass. :D
 

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That is neat, however I would be afraid of them getting their legs cut from the spinning blades.
 

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Hawks have taken passes at mine forcing me to land and wait for a bit till they leave or don't care.
 

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Where are they getting them from? Aren't they only found in the US and Canada? Can you buy a bald eagle?
 

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Got the idea from airports which use birds of prey to keep the pigeons and seagulls away?
 

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Can I train an eagle to take down a police owned drone?
 

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Before you get crazy ideas of ISIS fighters using eagles to take out Predators, Reapers, and GlobalHawks;


Eagles fly 10000 to 15000 feet high at about 65 mph
Predators fly up to 25,000 feet high at 84 mph
Reapers fly up to 50,000 feet high at 230 mph
Global Hawks fly up to 60,000 feet high at 357 mph with a 12,300 nautical mile range

Still, the military does use smaller drones for low level support and birds of prey could mess with that alright. Arguably they would have a greater impact as these drones support the tactical maneuver guys to a greater degree then these other drones often do, it's why they get their own smaller ones, based on need.
 

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Hopefully, they give some thought to armor for their legs. Armored Eagle Drone Striker III ... fighting to avenge Armored Eagle Drone Striker I and II.
 

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That is neat, however I would be afraid of them getting their legs cut from the spinning blades.

Looks like they don't have any issues with the rotors.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/01/dutch-netherlands-police-birds-unauthorized-drones

“What I find fascinating is that birds can hit the drone in such a way that they don’t get injured by the rotors,” said LeBaron. “They seem to be whacking the drone right in the centre so they don’t get hit; they have incredible visual acuity and they can probably actually see the rotors.”

Humans, of course, only see rotors as a blur – LeBaron suspects that the eagles can make out the complete movement and thus have no trouble avoiding injury. It doesn’t hurt, either, that attacking a drone the way a bird might attack another bird is usually effective. “Their method of attack is always going to be to hit it in the middle of the back; with the drones they perceive the rotors on the side and so they just go for the rear.”
 

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The defensive systems that will be employed on drones to prevent this could become pretty cruel for the birds.

The least intrusive might be something like a barrage of noise to drive the bird off, the more serious forms could be lethal to the animals. Nets come to mind right away as they could be light and compact and be fired from the top or bottom of the drone as a countermeasure when an attack is detected. Of course a net wouldn't necessarily stop the bird from slamming into the drone anyway. Driving the birds off with sound might be much better all the way around.

Maybe skunk perfume?
 

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Where are they getting them from? Aren't they only found in the US and Canada? Can you buy a bald eagle?

you are aware there are more types of eagles than the bald eagle correct?
 

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FPV flight has a lag that the pilots get used to, this already puts you at a disadvantage (if you don't think so try playing call of duty with a 300ms lag). The eagle can fly faster and does not suffer this lag, plus it comes from above you so you wont see it coming.
 

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In the video they show the Eagle getting a drone that is idling in the air. Now have the Eagle catch a pilot flying away.
 

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This is horrible. Poor birds. Fuck the people pushing for this bullshit.
 

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Where are they getting them from? Aren't they only found in the US and Canada? Can you buy a bald eagle?

No, you can't buy one from the US. Perhaps a zoo eagle is being trained or a descendant of such already out of the country.

I think that's from the Netherlands
 

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Yeah I am not down with this at all. Yes I am a hunter and I also fly drones but I think that other drones would be better/safer"for the bird"

I would much rather see the Eagles trained to take out pimps, pedophiles and politicians.
Awesome they are training the Eagles but I think they could be used in better instances.
 

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you are aware there are more types of eagles than the bald eagle correct?

Yes, of course, but they're using Bald Eagles and to the best of my knowledge they only exist on the North American continent and are protected by law. Don't get me wrong I'm not a tree hugger, but just seems weird to me.
 

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Yes, of course, but they're using Bald Eagles and to the best of my knowledge they only exist on the North American continent and are protected by law. Don't get me wrong I'm not a tree hugger, but just seems weird to me.

Birds generally are not area reliant. Bald eagles are only endangered 48 states. Hawaii has never had any, and they are doing just fine up in Alaska without all the pesky humans and their chemicals.
 

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In the video they show the Eagle getting a drone that is idling in the air. Now have the Eagle catch a pilot flying away.

You are aware that Eagles generally hunt birds in flight not just when they are standing still ... Eagles and Hawks are exceptional aerial hunters
 

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Reading an article on this on CNN this is primarily to enforce the no fly zones around air ports with drone sightings by pilots on the rise ... they are also looking at radio interference techniques, missiles, lasers, and other things but it is tough to find a solution that is safe for the aircraft they are trying to protect and prevents collateral damage ... since many airports already use Birds of Prey to control other bird populations it might not be that unusual to use them to manage drone incursions as well ... and anyone who violates the 5 mile no fly zones deserves to lose their drone
 

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Have you seen an Eagle fly?

Yes. Have you seen an Eagle fly like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvijhUKnBzo


And i don't think an eagle can take too many hits of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Cyn6S6d9Q


It's a brushed quad running on a 2S battery, its motors are so weak it had to use gears to get the propellers to spin fast enough just to get it to float, which also means there's barely any torque in the blades. The pilots also turns the motors off as soon as the bird grabs the quad. It looks like a Phantom, but it's actually just an upsized version of your palm sized quads.
 

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Yes. Have you seen an Eagle fly like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvijhUKnBzo


And i don't think an eagle can take too many hits of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Cyn6S6d9Q



It's a brushed quad running on a 2S battery, its motors are so weak it had to use gears to get the propellers to spin fast enough just to get it to float, which also means there's barely any torque in the blades. The pilots also turns the motors off as soon as the bird grabs the quad. It looks like a Phantom, but it's actually just an upsized version of your palm sized quads.

The articles on this suggest that the Eagles are able to see the blades moving since their eyes are different than humans and they seem to attack around the blades effectively ... however, if there were drones that were too high risk for the eagles there is nothing that prevents airports from resorting to their fallback technologies (shooting the drones down or using some form of radio interference to disable them)
 

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Yes. Have you seen an Eagle fly like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvijhUKnBzo

Yes.

And i don't think an eagle can take too many hits of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Cyn6S6d9Q



It's a brushed quad running on a 2S battery, its motors are so weak it had to use gears to get the propellers to spin fast enough just to get it to float, which also means there's barely any torque in the blades. The pilots also turns the motors off as soon as the bird grabs the quad. It looks like a Phantom, but it's actually just an upsized version of your palm sized quads.

Eagles and other birds of prey like a peregrine falcon are some of the most acrobatic and agile flyers you'll ever see. I've watched a Golden Eagle take out a mule deer and I used to observe peregrine falcons fly at El Capitan. There is nothing in your video that you posted that even remotely impresses me compared to what I've seen several birds of prey species do.

There are some impressive drone pilots out there but nothing beats a peregrine falcons in a dive at over 200mph or a couple bald eagles snatching fish from one another in a dive at almost a 100mph. So no, while there are impressive drone pilots they are nothing compared to a bald eagle or peregrine falcon.
 

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The articles on this suggest that the Eagles are able to see the blades moving since their eyes are different than humans and they seem to attack around the blades effectively ... however, if there were drones that were too high risk for the eagles there is nothing that prevents airports from resorting to their fallback technologies (shooting the drones down or using some form of radio interference to disable them)

Well, since we found earlier that eagles can fly up to 10,000 feet, shotguns are pretty much out of the picture. Radio interference can do it, but that's always been my take on this anyway, hit the drone where it's week, the control and navigation radios.
 

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Where are they getting them from? Aren't they only found in the US and Canada? Can you buy a bald eagle?

... no, there are Eagles on other continents even in Oceania...

And yes, quite a bit of them are bigger or heavier than the north american eagles.
 

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Yes.



Eagles and other birds of prey like a peregrine falcon are some of the most acrobatic and agile flyers you'll ever see. I've watched a Golden Eagle take out a mule deer and I used to observe peregrine falcons fly at El Capitan. There is nothing in your video that you posted that even remotely impresses me compared to what I've seen several birds of prey species do.

There are some impressive drone pilots out there but nothing beats a peregrine falcons in a dive at over 200mph or a couple bald eagles snatching fish from one another in a dive at almost a 100mph. So no, while there are impressive drone pilots they are nothing compared to a bald eagle or peregrine falcon.

I dunno, I've had a hawk dive at my quad before, I didn't get what had happened at first it missed so badly. Pretty sure I could easily avoid any bird... I mean they drive quickly, you just move to the side a bit... they can come to a stop quickly, but they're not then going to accelerate in opposite direction at >5G.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osVCI6Ej8xE
 

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Hopefully, they give some thought to armor for their legs. Armored Eagle Drone Striker III ... fighting to avenge Armored Eagle Drone Striker I and II.
+1. A bird's legs are it's most vulnerable area. One of those drone propellers could easily break a bone. Not a good idea. Tiny SAM's would be better.
 
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