From military ops to package delivery, drones are popping up everywhere, and Alabama college students are at the forefront of developing even more ways to control, use and defend against them.
At the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a senior design class tackled a project for defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp., which asked the students how they would take out an enemy drone without shooting it down. In other words, a cyber takedown.
This year’s project followed a similar one last year, in which the company wanted ideas on how to physically capture a drone. The team’s work included interactions with various engineering disciplines, presentations in front of company officials and live demonstrations of their proposed strategies.