SkyWall 100 Lets You Steal Drones From The Sky


We’ve already seen a shotgun that fires radio pulses to trick drones into thinking they’ve flown past their control hub’s range. That’s great if you simply want to discourage a drone from entering your airspace, but if you want to bring it down, a real shotgun will always work better. But what if you want to steal those annoying drones and sell them for profit because you're such a criminal mastermind? The SkyWall 100 offers a solution.

Developed by British outfit OpenWorks, it’s a shoulder-mounted weapon that looks like a grenade launcher of some sorts. Except, instead of shooting RPGs, it fires a projectile with a net attached to it that captures the drones, renders them immobile, and sends them falling to the ground.


The SkyWall 100 uses compressed gas to launch its projectile, which is pre-programmed to deploy the net just in time as it’s within catching distance of its target. It can capture unmanned aerial bots from up to 330 feet away, allowing you to take any intruding quadcopters down from a comfortable distance. During descent, the same projectile launches a parachute, ensuring that the drone reaches the ground undamaged. A system consisting of a laser range finder and an inertial measurement unit allows you to take a precise aim at the drone, with the system handling all the calculations electronically and letting out a continuous beep once it’s firmly locked in your sights. It weighs 22 pounds.

No word on pricing, but the SkyWall 100 is slated to come out before the end of the year.

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One Response

  1. Keith

    Dang I love this technology. First drones, then drones that deliver for Amazon, and now a way to capture drones. Lol. This drone technology is crazy. What if you were in your backyard and your wife was sunbathing topless and a drone was flying/hovering over her trying to gather some nude images? If this happened I would love to use the SkyWall 100 to capture the drone. If the owner wants his drone back he can come visit me. I am worried about teenagers or other hell raisers who may use the SkyWall 100 to capture Amazon delivery drones etc. I am looking forward to seeing some future court cases where there is a drone, a SkyWall 100 that caught it, and the legal fight that ensues.

    I really have no need for the SkyWall 100 at my current point in life. Maybe in the future, but for now I’m just going to save money up to buy my own drone for amateur videography.


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