Hak5 video: quadcopter with WiFi enabled Linux computer and RTL-SDR

What happens when you send up a quadcopter equipped with a Linux box, WiFi and an RTL-SDR dongle? Darren and company from Hak5 decided to find out. Their project used the SDR to receive ADS-B signals from aircraft hundreds of miles away. The Hak5 team took a quadcopter up on top of a high mountain, […]

NASA Centennial Challenge to test civilian drone/aircraft avoidance systems

If you need any more confirmation that drones are destined to become a part of everyday civilian life, here it is. NASA has announced the selection of Dayton, Ohio based Development Projects Inc. to manage a new Centennial Challenge prize competition involving unmanned aircraft systems in 2014. The purpose of the contest, known as the […]

HITB Amsterdam 2013: Aircraft RF hacking

At the recently concluded HackInTheBox 2013 (HITB) conference German security consultant Hugo Teso has once again drawn into question the security of aero comms. In a presentation at the Amsterdam conference, Hugo highlighted the security vulnerabilities of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Aeronautical Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) digital aero radio data systems. […]

RTL-SDR monitors ADS-B with ADSB# and adsbScope

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a radio communications system used by aircraft worldwide to transmit position and identification information. It uses a frequency of 1090 MHz, sending data using a modulation scheme called Pulse Position Modulation (PPM). To monitor this system you could purchase a dedicated ADS-B receiver for several hundred dollars, or design your […]

DEFCON 20: RenderMan on ADS-B aero radio

Brad Haines (RenderMan) CISSP, is a Whitehat by trade, Blackhat by fashion, who presented this talk at DEFCON 20. For those of you unfamiliar with him, RenderMan has a history of hacking RF who’s rumored to be a member of the Church of WiFi. In this presentation he turns his attention to ADS-B (Automatic Dependent […]

ADS-B sync and Manchester decoding in CPLD

P. Kusmierski posted an article on flipthatbit describing ADS-B sync and Manchester decoding in CPLD. The CPLD used is a Xilinx XC9536XL (which is the smaller version of the XC9572XL found in our CPLD Development Board.) Having put together my miniADSB I needed to extract the actual data from the Manchester encoded bit streams it […]