Cyber-Attack Drone Payload Development and Geolocation via Directional Antennae is an Air Force Institute of Technology thesis by Clint M. Bramlette.

This study introduces skypie, a software and hardware framework designed to facilitate remote, directional data collection using drones. The prototype is cost-effective, lightweight, and entirely adaptable for various drone architectures, allowing it to easily attach to most medium to large commercial drones. The prototype effectively emulates the kind of device that a determined threat actor could assemble, and the development process assesses the strengths and weaknesses associated with such devices.

Furthermore, this research empirically assesses the capability of a drone-based attack system to track its targets through passive Wi-Fi signal monitoring at distances of 300 and 600 meters, employing a directional antenna. Additionally, it identifies data collection techniques and processing algorithms aimed at minimizing geolocation errors.

Publication Date- March 2019

Cyber-Attack Drone Payload Development and Geolocation via Directional Antennae contains the following major sections:

  • Introduction
  • Background and Related Research
  • Prototype Design
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion and Future Work

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Author- Clint M. Bramlette

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