The Aerostat is an unmanned, aerodynamically shaped vehicle that uses mainly buoyant forces to maintain an elevated position, and uses active control for stabilisation. The Aerostat is made from a large fabric envelope filled with helium gas. It is fixed to the ground using a tether and is capable of carrying a payload, which is typically a camera system.
The platform is self-stabilised and provides both buoyant and aerodynamic lift, thus making it able to lift larger payloads for a smaller volume compared to conventional Aerostats.
Aerostat can mainly be used for security, defence and marketing purposes.
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