Yavne, Israel. RT LTA Systems Ltd. -a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of the Skystar™ family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications applications – introduces its new mini aerostat system, the Skystar 100.
The Skystar 100 mini Aerostat system for close surveillance and reconnaissance missions is a mini balloon system, provides field commanders with real time “over the hill” reconnaissance capability.
The system is compact, robust and can be transported, assembled, launched and operated by two personnel after minimal training. The system has electro optical payload operational day and night, backpack or pickup truck transportable, assembled and launched in 15 minutes, 1,000 feet surveillance range.
Skystar 100 Handheld Personal Ground Control Station (PGCS) is a compact unit that can be worn over a protective vest or mounted on a tripod. The Personal Ground Control Station unites a user-friendly software interface with advanced Real-time Control hardware. The PGCS includes an integral Digital Video Recorder (DVR), for recording video and data during the entire mission. Map and video telemetry displayed simultaneously on a Personal Ground Control Station screen. Navigation capabilities such as point to coordinate and hold coordinate as well as manual control modes are integral part of the system.
The system can be used as a relay for other systems such as mini UAVs or ground sensors.
Main parameters and specifications:
Aerostat diameter 12 feet (3.6m)
Operating Altitude up to 1,000 feet
Wind limit 40 knots
Payload weight up to 7 lbs. (3.5kg)
PCS weight 5 lbs. (2.5kg)
Endurance up to 6 hours (until battery replacement)
According to Major (ret.) Rami Shmueli, RT’s CEO, “Based on extensive operational experience gained in recent conflicts in Israel (‘Protective edge’ operation) and worldwide, we identified the need for an immediate and portable intelligence aerostat system, and we developed the Skystar 100 accordingly. The new system had two main applications; surveillance using day/night gyro stabilized camera and communication using communication relay systems. The Skystar 100 is ideal for military, homeland security, law enforcement operations and Search and rescue missions, and I’m sure it will be operational in several locations during 2015”.
About 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. 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.
For further information:
Kim Laronne: [email protected], 972-52-4714002
Shiry Eden: [email protected], 972-54-7704545