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TACTICAL AEROSTAT SYSTEMS

  • We provide LAS / STMPAS mobile tactical aerostat systems as complete “Turn-key” systems

    • Launch versions of an aerostat with lifting surfaces, so even small units operate in high wind

    • Carried by a single HMMWV trailer

    • Winch, helium system, and generator included

    • Surveillance, communications relay & intelligence collection payloads

    • Operated by a two person crew

    • Tethers can be non-powered or powered

    • Our standard non-power tethers are a very strong and lightweight material

  • We can also produce versions modified for specific customer requirement

  • Custom versions mounted in ISO commercial containers are available

AEROSTATS​​

  • We provide the complete line of Allsopp Helikites

    o    Single ply Skyhook – often used for research purposes
    • Dual ply Desert Star  – is a very rugged tactical design

    • Payload capability ranges from a few pounds to 250 pounds

  •  Note that all things which affect air density also affect aerostat life so operating conditions:

    • o    Ground elevation and air temperature must be taken into account

    • o    Weight of the tether

    • o    Safety equipment

  • We assist customers in selecting the appropriate size based on their payload and operating conditions

  • We can also modify Helikites for specific payload mountings or other customer requirement. 

TETHERS

  • Tethers can be non-powered or powered

  • Non-powered tethers:

    • o    The aerostat has to be brought down periodically for short intervals to change out payload batteries or refuel fuel cells

    • o    Our standard non-power tethers are a very strong and lightweight material

·    Powered tethers:

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

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

WINCHES
•    Aerostats require special winches that will not damage the lightweight tethers.  Standard winches use center shaft gearing which produces heat.  While not a problem for steel winch cables the heat can damage lightweight tethers.
•    CUV winches are designed to avoid heat damage from the center shaft
•    We can provide several standard types of winches and can custom design units if we do not have a standard design to meet customer specifications
•    CUV can provide winches for power/data tethers with have slip rings and rotary fiber-optic joints and designed to avoid undue stress on the tether internal wires and fibers

FLIGHT SAFETY ITEMS & SUPPORT EQUIPMENT

Aviation authorities often require airborne safety equipment.  Available items include:

  • 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 – FAA required

    • GPS based system

    • Radio-based system

  • All delivered CUV systems include a set of basic support equipment:

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

    • Wrenches for attaching the helium tank lines

    • Inflation Blowers for Helirest

    • Containers for aerostat

  • We sell replacement support equipment items

  • We also sell specialized items and various specialized items:

    • Example: A kit for securing the trailer to rocky soil, that consists of a power jack hammer and rock anchors.

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