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הרחפן HoverMast-100 בפעולה. צילום: Sky Sapience
 HoverMast-100 בפעולה. צילום: Sky Sapience

A bright technology is in many cases just the foundation. In most cases you need leverage to make money based on this achievement.

The bright ideas are not necessarily the exclusive possession of big companies, on the contrary: small, sometimes start-ups, companies have the best ideas. But when it comes to make money based on the bright ideas, size does matters.

The recently signed agreement between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Sky Sapience for the development, marketing and production of new tethered hovering aerial systems is a perfect example to this needed combining of forces.

IAI and Sky Sapience plan to use and integrate existing capabilities and products from both companies for use in defensive homeland security missions.

The companies emphasize that the advantages of tethered aerial systems include the ability to elevate in a matter of seconds and stay in the air for an unlimited period of time since the electric power supply remains on the ground.

The platforms are tethered and are not subject to standard air control regulations as are other unmanned aerial systems. The logistical footprint is reduced dramatically – the output provided to the customers is achieved in a simple, accessible and affordable way with rapid deployment and different payloads and sensors for various missions.

In 2014, Sky Sapience and Stark Aerospace, a subsidiary of IAI North America, signed a cooperation agreement for the U.S. market. Stark Aerospace integrated and introduced the HoverLite tactical tethered hovering aerial ISR system.

That being the case now the technology developed by the Israeli small company will be honed by the bigger company and most important, use its marketing apparatus to find the customers.