The concept behind Altaeros’ autonomous tethered airborne platforms is simple: combine an aerostat, one of the most robust, proven aerial lift platforms, with an innovative modern flight control system. With this simple idea, Altaeros is deploying the world’s first autonomous aerostat system to reliably deploy energy, communication and other payloads up to 600m above ground.

What is an aerostat?

Aerostats are the industrial versions of blimps and dirigibles. The airborne portion, or “envelope”, uses helium gas to stay aloft, and is connected to a stationary ground system with a conductive tether. Aerostats have been deployed for decades to lift monitoring and communications systems in some of the harshest environments in the world.

“In modern military use, aerostats are recognized as cost-effective, survivable systems capable of providing enhanced ISR, communications and force protection capabilities to numerous operational scenarios.”

LTA Vehicle Summary Report, 2012, Office of the Asst. Sec. of Defense for Research and Engineering

Today, aerostats depend on a full-time ground crew for safe operation, which limits their use to high cost military and government applications. Altaeros set out to change this, eliminating the need for a ground crew and opening up aerostats to widespread commercial uses.

Safe. Reliable. Autonomous.

Altaeros builds upon decades of aerostat industry design refinement and field operations to ensure the safe, reliable operation of its aerial platforms. A novel flight control system automatically manages the ascent, station-keeping and descent operations, and secures the aerostat on its ground station during severe weather. Eliminating the role of the full-time ground crew not only significantly reduces the operating costs, but also increases the range of conditions in which the aerostat can safely operate. Both of which translate into a low-cost, highly reliable platform for deploying aerial payloads of all types. The small footprint and compact shipping further ensures low cost, rapid deployment compared to alternative fixed infrastructure like steel towers.

Potential applications for Altaeros’ technology include:

  • Telecommunication
  • Soil moisture monitoring and other agribusiness uses
  • Wide area networks for M2M or IOT applications
  • Environmental monitoring

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