Our proven multi-sensor counter drone solution provides accurate, timely and actionable understanding of Drone activity.
Drones are easily accessible and are becoming increasingly problematic. In the wrong hands, they can be easily adapted to carry a range of payloads; from cameras to explosive devices. A rise in the misuse of drones may not only lead to an increase in anti-social and disruptive behaviour, but an increase in personal injury, breaches of national security and the loss of life.
SKYPERION, is a highly proven and cost effective, fully integrated, hybrid, scalable Passive Radio Frequency (RF) Drone Detection System which provides operators with a timely, high confidence and actionable understanding of drone activity within a Defined Area. The system comprises a mast mounted sensor array and employs various detection techniques to ensure a high probability of intercept across a wide range of drone targets. As a single sensor system it can provide a line of bearing indication to where the ‘drone threat’ is, or with the addition of a second sensor array, ‘cross-cut’ intercept bearings would provide a more defined geolocation.
The system is designed to be operated with minimal training and can auto-alert a non-dedicated operator to the presence of a drone incursion (via a laptop based control station if there is no other facility Command and Control (C2) available; SKYPERION readily integrates into 3rd party C2). If required, SKYPERION can be operated as a standalone sensor, or fully integrated into a multi-layered solution.
Intended for 24H/365 day operations and in all weather conditions, SKYPERION is a low SWaP solution that can be installed in a ruggedised or lightweight configuration, as a land-based static permanent/semi permanent installation, a mobile ‘on-the-move’ vehicle mounted unit, or as a marinised version with the RF sensor housed in a radome. A body-worn version for dismounted personnel will be introduced later in 2021.
SKYPERION gives the operators the capability to search, detect, identify, track and report unauthorised drones within a defined area.
Designed as a full spectrum multi-sensor solution, the system comprises two major sub-systems; a mast mounted RF Sensor/Antenna unit and a Control Station.
As a single sensor, SKYPERION can provide a line of bearing indication; the addition of a second sensor (or more) enables ‘cross-cut’ intercept bearings to provide a more defined threat geolocation.
All SKYPERION systems can be operated through bespoke control station interfaces (via laptop, tablet etc) or networked and integrated into 3rd party C2 systems.
Operational Day and Night
360-degree hemispherical coverage
Multiple, simultaneous drone Search
High Probability of Interception
The SKYPERION antenna array is fitted with 6 circularly polarised, directional antennae. Circularly polarised antennae mitigate potential problems that could be encountered with linear polarised signals.
Whilst a single sensor system will provide Line of Bearing (LOB) indication from sensor array to target, the use of multiple sensors will enable the more accurate geolocation of a target of interest.
Owing to the constraints invariably imposed upon antenna positioning, SKYPERION is predominantly configured to utilise Angle of Arrival (AOA) Direction Finding techniques (regardless of whether single or multi-sensor configuration). However, if required, and there is sufficient freedom to adopt optimum antenna positioning (multi-sensor configuration only), Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) can be employed, thus enabling a 3D geolocation output. Optimally, combining TDOA results and AOA results allows the SKYPERION DF Sensor to give unrivalled geolocation performance.
Third party sensors (EO/IR cameras / jammers) can be programmed through appropriate C2 software to utilise the LOB/Geolocation as a cue to slew onto the SOI (target).
By analysing the received signal strength at each of the antenna elements the SKYPERION system is able to calculate the AOA and thus provides the operator with a LOB to the Signal of Interest (SOI). As this technique only measures signal power, the ability to generate a LOB is merely limited by the noise floor of the receiver.
Resolving AOA LOB’s from multiple sensors provides the geolocation of the SOI; an indication of tracking can be derived by identifying and linking intersection points from multiple LOB’s.
Using synchronous time domain captures, TDOA determines the relative time of the arrival of a SOI at multiple receiver locations. This geolocation technique is suited for coverage over wider areas. It has a higher success rate over wider modulation bandwidths due to the improved signal correlation properties, which allow for more defined localisation. An important advantage of TDOA is that the processing gain of correlation allows successful geolocation of signals that are close to, or even below, the receiver noise floor. The Array on-board GPS receiver offers the most practical method for timing synchronisation over wide area deployments.