Real Products That Exist: Skywall 100 Rocket Launcher Shoots Drone-Capturing Nets Up To 330-Feet

March 9, 2016

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This is the Skywall 100 developed by British based OpenWorks. It uses compressed gas to fire a rocket and net to ensnare drones, then bring them safely back down to earth via parachute. Obviously, this is great news for anybody looking to open a second-hand drone store, which I am if those clowns on Shark Tank would ever recognize a good business idea when they heard one.

It deploys the net just as it's within catching distance of the target. In fact, it will capture unmanned drones from up to 330 feet away. So how does it make sure the drone lands safely? The net has a parachute that opens. The aiming system uses a laser range finder and an inertial measurement unit and the system handles all the calculations electronically.

There's a video demonstration of the unit after the jump, which makes the product look slightly more reliable than just yelling a drone to land OR ELSE. I guarantee if I was flying a drone nobody with a Skywall 100 is going to catch it. I feel like you stand just as good of a chance of bringing a drone down with a t-shirt cannon.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Marc B, who agrees the best way to knock a drone out of the sky is to incapacitate its operator (I'm thinking a karate chop to the back of the neck).

  • GeneralDisorder

    To quote Brock Sampson (Venture Brothers): "This is the first net gun I've used that didn't just mess the guy's hair up"

    Net gun technology is pretty deplorable (and barely deployable).

  • I don't think I will ever NOT thoroughly enjoy an atheistgirl gif.

  • Bling Nye

    Woah, anatomically, that is like............ her vagina.

    Or butthole.

    Either way I guess.

  • Bling Nye

    "Hmmm, yes a tiny net is a death sentence. It is a net, and it's tiny." - Master Betty

  • IronMant

    People willingly share every detail of their lives on "social media", but nope... it's the photographer using a drone to make an artistic video of a pier in San Fransisco that is the real threat to their privacy.

    Dronephobia cracks me the fuck up.

  • I don't think it's about privacy.
    It's about aeroplanes crashing.

  • IronMant

    Oh, yes. The safety of aircraft is what the average dronaphobe is concerned about.

  • The_Wretched

    A drone once milked me for my precious bodily fluids. I'm not letting any of those suckers escape. I found a quick kit for making radio disrupters and handed them out to the kids in a few neighborhoods. Good luck flying drones anywhere near here.

  • Jason Christopher

    THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

  • Graham

    They made a gun that literally shoots a net into the sky as a way to battle robots and they didn't call it SKYNET? fail...

  • DeksamTorrac

    That hijacking over powering radio gun is simpler, cheaper and more reusable.

  • Siegfoult

    Seems like it would be easier to hit with to, what with the speed of light and all.

  • The_Wretched

    I wonder how many drones I could collect. We need a competition to catch them all.

  • Siegfoult

    Gotta catch em all!

    Dronemon!

  • karnie

    Seems utterly useless if the drone is, you know, actually moving.

  • Siegfoult

    I like to think he mounts that drone on a wall in his study.

  • timeiskey

    serial

  • timeiskey

    experiments

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