A drone is just a drone. It can be used for peaceful purposes like taking photos of the latest additions to the Tesla Gigafactory or it can be used for nefarious purposes like dropping bombs on the race track at Silverstone during the Formula One race later this year. It should be noted that Silverstone began life as an airfield during World War II. The Germans tried to bomb it but couldn’t get through the British air defense system. Now it appears that teenagers with weaponized toys bought online may be able to accomplish what the vaunted Nazi war machine could not.
A report in British tabloid The Sun claims that the organizers of the Formula One race at Silverstone on July 16 have hired Drone Defense, a local security company, to supply security guards with the means to foil an assault from above. They will be supplied with specialized “net guns” that will “pluck drones out of the sky like you would a goldfish from a tank.” That’s according to Drone Defense founder Richard Gill, who says, “Outdoor events, festivals and sporting venues are all very attractive targets for rogue drone users.”