>> As drones get cheaper and more powerful, even off the shelf consumer drones are being turned int weapons. Headlines about ISIS using them to drop bombs in Iraq, sending shock waves through the drone industry. But the danger isn't just in war zones, open air stadiums with tens of thousands of sports fans here at home make perfect targets for the terrorists.
>> I'm Reuters correspondent Steven Knowles. Picture this, you're in a ballpark enjoying a baseball game when a drone comes buzzing overhead. You don't know if it has a bomb or if it has poison on it. I'm here near San Leandro California where a company name Airspace Systems is working to try to prevent just such a scenario.
They've created a system for a drone to autonomously track an enemy drone, capture it, and take it safely away. Jaz Banga is the CEO and cofounder of Airspace Systems and worries that such an attack could come any day.>> These drones started carrying from going from grams of payload to pounds of payload.
While they were great for photography, the ability for them to carry payloads, and the speed that they were getting to, and the longevity in the air, the duration in the air, was making them into poor man's cruise missiles.>> Banga recruiting big names in Silicon Valley including Guy Bar-Nahum, one of the inventors of Apple's iPod.
And it's not just Airspace Systems, at least 70 companies are now working on counter drone technology. One major challenge? You can't just shoot a drone out of the air, the debris could injure those below. Even worse, what if the target drone carries a biological or chemical weapon? Airspace's solution?
Firing a net to snare the target and bring it back to the ground. Airspace Systems hopes to start deploying its drone hunter as soon as this summer. Some big stadium owners including the New York Mets as well as the government run defense technology incubator are already interested in the technology.