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Unmanned systems 2014 – RT LTA Systems has unveiled the SkyStar 100 mini aerostat. The system is Compact, portable, and rapidly deployed, designed for close-range ISR missions.
The SkyStar 100 System is a mini aerostat system for close surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is a very compact, lightweight, and portable system that can be tied to a pick-up truck or carried by two soldiers in their back-packs. Within 15 minutes, it can be raised in the air for over-the-hill visibility. The system is ideal for tactical forces and can be transported, assembled, launched and operated by two fighters following minimal training. Fully customizable, it can accommodate a variety of payloads, such as cameras, communication devices, etc. Exceptionally cost-effective, the system allows soldiers to focus on a particular range and specific point in the field.
RT will also present its SkyStar 180 – a small size, 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 20 kg, 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.
According to Rami Shmueli, Managing Director of RT, “We are pleased to debut the SkyStar 100 at Eurosatory 2014. This is the company’s most compact system, offering a very high level of mobility. Developed for tactical, pinpoint missions, it acts as the eyes of the soldiers in the field, thus helping to safeguard their lives and contributing to mission success.”