Category Archives: Lighter Than Air

New SkyStar 330 Tactical Aerostat

SkyStar-330-Tactical-AerostatRT LTA Systems Ltd., designer, developer, and manufacturer of the Skystar family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications applications, has introduced the SkyStar 330 system. The new system is based on the former SkyStar 300 platform which has been operational since 2007 and gained over half a million operational hours.

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Balloon-Assisted UAV Brings Back Stratospheric Aerosol Samples from Altitude of 22 km in Antarctica

PhoenixA balloon-assisted UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) named “Phoenix-S1,” developed by Kyushu University and Fukuoka University, Japan, has successfully brought back stratospheric aerosol samples from the altitude of 22 km and observed aerosol density at the altitude of 23 km in Antarctica on January 24, 2015.

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Google says UAVs, Balloons could use New Spectrum for Internet Access

Project LoonAs federal regulators consider opening new radio frequencies to wireless services, Google is already eyeing the frequencies to deliver Internet access from the sky via drones and balloons. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission Friday, Google said new bands could “be useful for offering broadband access via airborne platforms such as high-altitude balloons or unmanned aerial vehicles.” Continue reading