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Sandia researchers are working to develop a system that addresses current and future national security threats posed by small unmanned aircraft systems. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Sandia National Laboratories robotics experts are working on a way to intercept enemy unmanned aircraft systems mid-flight. The government and defense industry have been exploring ways to intercept enemy unmanned aircraft systems, with some organizations having success in deploying nets toward targets from single drones. Sandia’s research built upon swarm coordination and carrying nets as a team.

The idea of the project is that the unmanned aircraft systems would have the ability to intercept small threats and keep them at a safe distance from protected facilities and people.