Homemade Drone Catcher





Introduction: Homemade Drone Catcher

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The last, few years, air drones have been widely known as they are remote-controlled, flying devices that are capable of filming and photographing while being on the air. Make it extreme team gives its own solution to the problem of the annoying drones that are flying in private places in this video.

Although, we have seen various mechanisms instead of drones, our construction is unique and maybe it is the first homemade, anti-drone gun. Initially, our thought was simple, to create a gun with four barrels which would shoot a net with the help of compressed air and it would trap this flying device.

Step 1: Start

First of all, we started making our construction taking two bottles of oxygen of one use only that are durable up to 150 bar. We chose these particular bottles as even after our processing on them, they are still safe to tolerate high pressures. Also, we used two bottles in order to have more litres of air. In one bottle, we put a car’s wheel valve where the air is entered in the bottles and in the other, we put an indicative clock of air pressure. Then, we attached these two bottles on a valve that controls the opening and the closing of the exit of compressed air from the tanks.

Step 2: Valve

One of the most important factors for the right performance of the gun is how fast the valve will open and release the air. Therefore, we connected the valve with a strong spring that as soon as the trigger is pulled, the trigger also pulls with pressure and speed the valve to open. Next, we bifurcated the air with four barrels. Also, we bifurcated the air with the same accessories in order to achieve exactly the same distribution of air in each barrel of our gun.

Step 3: Tubes - Bullets

Regarding the barrels of the gun, we used aluminum tubes of 1 meter length. Additionally, we used a mechanism in the center of the gun that diagonally opens and closes the barrels so the gun can be regulated to shoot in a short or in a long distance. The net has four bullets on it that are inserted in the barrels and when the bullets are released with power, the net is drifted away with them.

Step 4: Finish

Closing, we would like to say that we are very proud of our construction as its performance was excellent and our successful shoots made us happy.



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    Recently someone shot down a drone that he thought was invading his privacy. He got fined heavily for shooting a gun in a residential area. In addition he had to replace the destroyed drone and then face separate charges from the FAA. The FAA added additional fines, as shooting down a drone is a Federal Crime, and is awaiting sentencing for jail time in a Federal prison. So not worth it.

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    Trying to remove this comment because the jail time information I read may not be entirely accurate.

    As it turns out, the FAA does consider shooting down a drone
    to be a federal crime. Check statute 18 USC 32, which allows them to
    prosecute anyone who sabotages or destroys any aircraft in the US. Its also interesting that the statute referenced
    also makes it illegal to interfere anyone operating an aircraft. This
    could mean that threatening or harming a drone operator could also lead
    to a heavy federal sentence. How's that for fun?

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    I'm not taking sides or anything but wouldn't it be illegal for the drone operator to even fly the drone in the first place without a proper authorization from the FAA ? I heard this was a problem and doubt all of them decalre every flight but I might be misinformed.

    Under FAA regulations drones under 250g (0.55lbs) don't even need to be registered. As far as drones invading your privacy, as long as the drone isn't right up against your window, there is no privacy violation. Several people have been fined heavily for shooting down a drone flying over their property, as well as having to purchase a new drone to replace the downed drone. The space over your home is NOT yours. The FAA regulates all air space above the ground. It can get way, way expensive to shoot down a drone..

    Putting aside the legal end of things, I'd say it's a seriously brilliant Instructable!
    Great work!

    depending where you are it really depends on the size of the drone and how you use it, in the UK any Drone or UVA above 20KG flown out of the line of sight needs a permit and again this depends on the height I believe the current limit is a maximum of 400ft to avoid other air traffic.

    But that being said its how you use it, Flying a drone over residential properties is still a topic of debate for many people and there is no right or wrong answer, its often 9/10 no one cares if they see a drone and nothing will happen but there is the noise to consider, liability if it fails and falls injuring person, animal or vehicle, the intrusive nature ( drones with cameras ) the list goes on and on. My golden rule is don't fly it where not safe, where harm or damage could happen or the most important where your going to annoy people

    Well good for the authors since they are based in Cyprus ;)


    Question 5 months ago

    its really good idea but what should be the pressure on working and for what pressure, what will be the distance travelled

    Bet the drone owners were not so happy though. Grab and run I would say.

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    This is a pretty cool design, great work.

    Drones are becoming a huge market here in the UK and world wide. I as a drone pilot myself can understand why these measures are being taken by some people, this can be noise related, seen as intrusive as most have camera capabilities or just a nuisance. Ever country has their own "rules" regarding drones but this are still very new so open to interpretation.

    A classic example is recently a local Zoo was authorised by local councils to take down a drone that was being used to film the animals and see restricted areas, now the drone pilot was not doing anything "illegal" by UK law, but this was spooking the animals when flying into the rhino paddock. these type of situations fall into my personal category of disturbing the piece so without local residence consent / notification around piloting a drone in the area would say anyone is well within their right to build something like this.

    Any way back to the instructable, a great design dude, looks effective, top job


    11 months ago

    Not to frown on maker innovation but some of those drones are fairly heavy. Intentionally shooting one down, causing personal injury or property damage, could land you in court or, worse case, jail! Not to mention it violates FAA air space rules.

    It's a cool device. Use it to catch those errant burglars as they try to flee!?.

    Drones are that much of a problem where you live?

    what sort of range/accuracy dose your net launcher achieve?