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RT SkyStar 110 Aerostat At Border Security Expo

SkyStar 110 launch [©RT LTA Systems]

The Israeli-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems Ltd. will present its SkyStar 110 aerostat at the forthcoming Border Security Exposition in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Press Release, 25 March 2019: The Israeli-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems Ltd. will present its SkyStar 110 aerostat at the Border Security Exposition in San Antonio. RT’s SkyStar 110 is ideal for defence, border control and military applications, and is a part of the SkyStar family of aerostats that also includes the SkyStar 180, SkyStar 120 and SkyStar 330. The SkyStar aerostat systems are ideal for border control, as they provide persistent surveillance over long periods of time at a very minimal cost.

 

SkyStar 110 launch [©RT LTA Systems]

SkyStar 110 is a micro balloon system, designed to provide field commanders with real time ‘over the hill’ reconnaissance capability. The system is compact, robust and can be transported, assembled, launched and operated by only two personnel after minimal training. Backpack or pickup truck transportable, the system can be assembled and launched in 15 minutes, for a 1,500 feet surveillance range.

 

SkyStar 110 Handheld Personal Ground Control Station (PGCS) is a compact unit that can be worn over a protective vest or mounted on a tripod. SkyStar 110 is operational under extreme weather conditions with low operational and maintenance costs.

 

Rami Shmueli, RT’s CEO: “RT’s SkyStar aerostats provide a complete set of solutions for defence, HLS, border control, public safety and camp protection. No other defence solution, manned or unmanned, is as cost-effective as aerostats, and that is what makes them an ideal mean for securing and protecting wide and long areas, such as the borders. In Israel, the SkyStar aerostats are deployed on the Gaza border, as part of the war against terrorism. I believe that the SkyStar aerostats are ideal for border protection in the US, and can be a very cost-effective mean for securing the border between the United States and Mexico.”

 

RT’s SkyStar family of aerostats also includes the SkyStar 180, SkyStar 330 and SkyStar 120. SkyStar 180 is a small-sized mobile aerostat, designed for tactical mid-range surveillance, border control and public safety, as well as for 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 20kg, 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 20-minute helium refill. Only 2 people are required to fully maintain the system. SkyStar 180 is Ideal for border control, police and intelligence applications, HLS, defence, strategic infrastructure protection and public safety missions.

 

SkyStar 330 tactical aerostat is a modern, efficient and combat proven tactical system designed to provide its users with persistent, medium-long range, real-time tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, Target-Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR). Lifting the system’s sensor to an average altitude of up to 1,500 ft. AGL, SkyStar 330 is an optimal system for camp and force protection, counter IED, area capture and situational awareness. The SkyStar 330 can carry two different payloads simultaneously, and can be operated continuously, at wind velocity up to 40 knots, with a break of 20 minutes once up to 72 hours, to enable helium refill.

 

SkyStar 120 is a micro-tactical aerostat system designed to provide commanders in the field with real-time reconnaissance capability, even when operating in rough terrain. Its Ground Control Station is mounted on an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) that can drive through most kinds of terrain, allowing the operating force to keep moving and manoeuvring with the aerostat on the ATV alongside them, either filled with Helium and ready to be launched or already flying in the air. This allows the operating force to better fit the observation and communication lines in real time according to field conditions. Compact and robust, the SkyStar 120 is operational under extreme weather conditions and offers surveillance range of up to 1,500 feet.

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