So you want to kill a drone. Maybe your neighbors are flying their machines over your backyard or zooming past your windows. Maybe you’re on stage giving a talk about implementing SSL and you’re being dive-bombed by drone cam. Heck, maybe you want to destroy your own drone just to watch it die. We understand, and that’s why Ars‘ intrepid video editor Jennifer Hahn has made this helpful guide to drone destruction.
In Utah, state representatives are already considering a bill that would allow cops to shoot down drones. In most states, it’s unclear whether it’s lawful to shoot down a drone that doesn’t belong to you. Just to be on the safe side, we advise putting the shotguns away for now. There are far better anti-drone weapons out there, like drone jammers that use directed RF signals to cut off communication between the drone and its controller. Or you can use another drone, equipped with a net, to yank the offending drone out of the sky. Of course, you can also go low tech. One person killed a drone with medieval weapons, while another used a simple t-shirt whip.