Hawks could be key to catching rogue drones

Hawks could be the key to catching rogue drones and could be used as a blueprint for drones designed to hunt other unmanned aerial vehicles in cluttered areas.

Hawks could be key to catching rogue drones

Hawks could be the key to catching rogue drones.

The flight trajectory of the birds could be used as a blueprint for drones designed to hunt other unmanned aerial vehicles in cluttered areas.

Researchers from the University of Oxford found that Hawks used a mixed guidance law to pursue their target, which can be recreated n the drones.

The university said: "Previous research has shown that falcons intercept prey using the same guidance law as homing missiles, called proportional navigation.

"This guidance law is optimal against smoothly-manoeuvring aerial targets, but is prone to being thrown off by the zig-zagging manoeuvres of terrestrial prey like hares, and will not necessarily lead to a feasible flight path through the cluttered habitats that hawks frequent."

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