U.S. DoD Awards Contract For 'Blimp In A Box' Aerostat Systems | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 09.02.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.02.14 **
** Airborne 08.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.29.14 **
** Airborne 08.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.27.14 **

Sat, Jan 19, 2013

U.S. DoD Awards Contract For 'Blimp In A Box' Aerostat Systems

Global Telesat System To Support The Warfighter With Mobile ISR At The Platoon Level

A developer of lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAVs") and related technologies, has been awarded a $605,000 contract from the United States Department of Defense for a set of what it calls the "Blimp in a Box" ("BiB") aerostat systems.

Global Telesat Corp. ("GTC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of World Surveillance Group won the contract, which includes on-location support for technical fact gathering, installation and training for the BiB systems. The BiB systems will be delivered to an army base where they are intended to provide semi-persistent, mobile intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ("ISR") at the platoon level. Delivery, installation and on-site training of the initial BiB systems, spares and payloads are scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

The BiB aerostat system is designed to provide real-time day/night high definition footage for ISR, detection of improvised explosive devices ("IEDs"), border security and other governmental and civilian uses. The turn-key BiB system is packaged in a standard size crate that is mounted to a trailer and towed from the back of a MAT-V, HUMVEE, pickup truck or other comparable vehicle and can be rapidly deployed within minutes by a two man crew. With the push of a button, the system is activated, the prepackaged envelope, which carries a day/night electro-optical/infrared camera, automatically inflates to the applicable pressure for the mission and is secured to the vehicle by a data capable tether. The BiB system is released from the vehicle by an automated launch and recovery system to an operational altitude appropriate for the application. Once deployed to the operational altitude, the BiB system can provide critical detection capabilities for several miles and the vehicle can proceed on its mission through any terrain with the BiB system fully functional. Following completion of a mission, the BiB system is designed to quickly and automatically be retrieved and can either be mounted inflated allowing the vehicle to move on to its next destination where the BiB system can be re-deployed, or the BiB system can be deflated and re-packed into the self contained crate.

WSGI President and CEO Glenn D. Estrella stated, "We are honored that GTC has been selected by the United States Department of Defense to provide a system that supports our troops in the critical challenges of providing aerial reconnaissance for moving platoons. We and GTC look forward to working with the DoD and our customers to deliver advanced systems that meet their demanding and critical requirements."

(Image provided by GTC)

FMI: www.blimpinabox.com

Advertisement

More News

Annual Oshkosh 2014 'Best/Worst Of' Award Selection Invites YOUR Participation!

YOU Can Contribute To The Annual List Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the ANN and Aero-TV! E-I-C Note: We're going to start naming names and dropping details THIS week--- t>[...]

Airborne 08.29.14: Google Drone!, Cessna's 10,000th, Bearhawk LODA

Also: Big Boeing Order, Napa Tower Quaked, Landsberg Retires, Galileo Falters Breaking News! Google has unveiled an exciting new UAV project, called Project Wing, which has been un>[...]

Aero-TV: The Tecnam Juggernaut -- SeaSky, P2008, P2010, Trainers, and Astore!

An Impressive Line-Up Continues To Make A Solid Impact On Sport Aviation ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell seized the opportunity to talk with Phil Solomon, the CEO of Tecn>[...]

AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-17-04 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.02.14)

FAA General Aviation Airports Report Beginning in 2010, the FAA began a national review of the general aviation airports resulting in two reports, General Aviation Airports: A Nati>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC