SkyTracker Launched to Thwart Drone Threats in Protected Airspace

November 23, 2015  - By
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CACI International has released SkyTracker, a precision system to protect high-value assets and support public safety against the escalating threat posed by the inadvertent or unlawful misuse of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

SkyTracker’s UAS detection, identification, and tracking system uses the drone’s radio links to precisely identify and locate UAS flying in banned or protected airspace, and has the unique capability to locate UAS ground operators. This proprietary CACI technology has been demonstrated to address a variety of UAS threat scenarios. The system is widely applicable, from protecting airports to safeguarding critical infrastructure or events — anywhere UAS pose a potential risk to people or assets.

On Oct. 7, the FAA announced a Pathfinder agreement with CACI to test SkyTracker in the airport environment to ensure successful operation without disruption of airport communications.

SkyTracker accurately detects, identifies, and tracks UAS threats. The system’s mitigation capability provides responders with precise information in a defined geographic location in order to initiate countermeasures that, unlike other technologies, do not interfere with legitimate electronics or communications systems in the area, or with UAS that are being operated responsibly as determined by the U.S. government.

SkyTracker_sensors_900pxThe SkyTracker system design is modular and scalable for application in different environments. It can protect high-value assets in geographically compact locations such as government buildings, embassies and stadiums, as well as provide wide-area defense of airports, military bases and areas under temporary flight bans such as locations experiencing forest fires. SkyTracker provides continuous, automated monitoring, day or night, in any weather condition.

“CACI’s SkyTracker system provides our customers with the unique capability to precisely locate unmanned aircraft systems and their ground operators. Our system has been demonstrated to address a variety of UAS threat scenarios,” John Mengucci, CACI’s chief operating officer and president of U.S. Operations, said. “In addition to the protection of airports, an effort undertaken in our recently announced research and development agreement with the federal government, SkyTracker has broad applications in the protection of critical infrastructure, stadiums, events, or anywhere drones pose a potential risk to people or assets.”

“CACI is proud to advance our SkyTracker solution to address the rapidly escalating threat posed by the misuse of unmanned aircraft systems,” said CACI President and CEO Ken Asbury. “The development of innovative technological solutions in response to complex security threats is in our DNA. We built SkyTracker to address one of the most complex challenges facing those responsible for protecting critical infrastructure.”

CACI provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for intelligence, defense, and federal civilian customers. A Fortune magazine World’s Most Admired Company in the IT Services industry, CACI is a member of the Fortune 1000 Largest Companies, the Russell 2000 Index, and the S&P SmallCap600 Index. CACI provides dynamic careers for over 16,300 employees in 120 offices worldwide.

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  1. William K. says:

    My guess is that the SKYTRACKER system is programmed to listen to all of the standard remote control frequencies and to be able to take over control by means of using higher power. But as most of us know, for perhaps 75 years the standard work-around for interception and interference has been to use a different frequency. So if an individual were to change the freqquency used for remote controlling the aircraft, possibly to an unused TV channel, it seems like the Skytracker system may not be able to have any effect. Changing the frequency is not hard for anyone skilled in the profession, by the way.

    • William K. says:

      Is there any capability not mentioned that would still be able to deal with a threat if the controlls frequency were not a standard one? Selecting an unauthorized control frequency is certainly not that hard to do.

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