ABOUT

INNOVATIVE DESIGN

EXCEPTIONAL ENGINEERING CAPABILITIES

EQUIPMENT

SYSTEMS, FLIGHT TESTING, LEASING – ALL THE PARTS & COMPONENTS YOU NEED

TYPICAL HELIKITE AEROSTAT SHOWING COMPONENTS

A 34 Cubic Meter Volume Helikite, nominal Lift of 30 lb

EQUIPMENT  | PRODUCTS

1.

2.

4.

3.

AEROSTATS

  • CUV provides the complete line of Allsopp Helikites

    • Single ply Skyhook: Often used for research applications

    • Dual Ply Desert Star: Very rugged tactical design

    • Payload capability ranges from a few pounds to 250 pounds

  • CUV can assist customers in selecting the appropriate size aerostat based on characteristics including:

    • Mission requirements

    • Size [weight, length, etc.] of payload(s)

    • Ground elevation and air temperature

    • Tether weight

    • Safety equipment needed

  •  CUV can also modify the aerostat for specific payload mounting or other customer requirements

TETHERS

  • CUV's standard non-powered tethers are very strong, but are made of lightweight materials.  Tethers can be non-powered or powered

    • Non-Powered Tethers

      • Aerostat must be brought down periodically to change out batteries or refuel fuel cells

    • Powered Tethers           

      • Equipped with internal wires and/or fiber-optic lines to transmit power and data to and from the payloads

      • Mission endurance is only limited by the periodic need to "top off" the small amount of helium that has leaked out over multiple days.

WINCH

  • CUV Winches are designed to operate without damaging the tether.  Some standard winches use center shaft gearing which produces heat that can damage lightweight tethers.

  • CUV provides several standard types of winches, but can custom design winches to meet customer requirements.

  • CUV can provide winches for power / data tethers which have slip rings and rotary fiber-optic joints and are designed to avoid undue stress on the tether internal wires and fibers.

 

SUPPORT EQUIPMENT [INCLUDING FLIGHT SAFETY ITEMS]

  • FAA REQUIRED: Safety lights for installation on the aerostat and tether, to alert aircraft and helicopters to the collision danger

  • FAA REQUIRED: Devices to automatically deflate the aerostat if the tether becomes detached.

    • GPS-based system

    • Radio-based system

  • Basic Support Equipment (included with each system)

    • Stakes and straps to secure the trailer to the ground in high wind conditions

    • Wrenches for attaching the helium tank lines

    • Inflation Blowers for the Helirest cushion

    • Containers for the aerostat

  • Support Equipment available to be procured includes:

    • Replacement Support Equipment items

    • Specialized items, for example: A kit for securing the trailer to rocky soil [including a power jackhammer and rock anchors]

CONTACT US

© 2020 by Vine Creative Designs    |    Carolina Unmanned Systems   |    Mike Rogers    |    919.851.9898