Yavne, Israel. RT Aerostats systems company was selected by the Rio de Janeiro municipality, due to the World Cup games, for the mission of securing the Fan Fest area of Copacabana, using the company’s advanced tactical aerostat, SkyStar 180.
The Fan Fest area is spread over 0.2 square mile (half a square kilometer), accommodating tens of thousands of fans. The Aerostat system will be securing The Fan Fest area throughout all of the world cup games, Until the final game at July 13th.
The SkyStar 180
The SkyStar 180 is a small sized, mobile aerostat designed for tactical mid-range surveillance and public safety, police and military applications. Based on a towable trailer, the system has a stabilized day/night electro-optical payload suspended from a helium filled aerostat, tethered to a ground system. It operates continuously at wind velocity of up to 40 knots, and can lift a payload of up to 20kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of up to 1,000 ft., for up to 72 hours, after which it is brought down for a 30-minute helium refill. Only 2 people are required to fully maintain the system.
The Skystar 180 aerostat is used for intelligence purposes in many countries, alsobeing used continuously by the IDF on the border with the Gaza Strip.
Furthermore, the system is used in securing civil events in Israel- recently to secure the visit of the Pope Francis and to secure the tens of thousands of fans in the concerts of Justin Timberlake and the Rolling Stones.
RT LTA Systems Ltd
RT LTA Systems Ltd.is a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of the SkyStar™ family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications applications. SkyStar™ is a self-contained, versatile, easily transportable, cost-effective tactical system comprised of a ground control station, a ground system module, a tether, a lighter-than-air platform, a stabilized payload platform, and a sensor suite. RT’s products are protected by patents.
SkyStar™ systems are operational worldwide in various military and civilian missions. Currently, systems are deployed in countries such as Afghanistan, Israel, Mexico, Thailand, Canada, Russia, and various countries in Africa and they have gained over half a million operational hours.