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Keywords related to the available technology.
aerostat unmanned buoyancy tethered helium gas

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.

Relevant intellectual property protection in place for this technology.
Design - Functional
What is the technology owner looking for? E.g. collaboration, investment, sales, etc.
Licensing Partnership
Brief description of the technology’s benefits.

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.

The main idea behind the technology is described.

Aerostat can mainly be used for security, defence and marketing purposes.

The team and expertise behind the technology.

John Monk, Duncan Higgs, Jeanne Marie Roux

The technology was developed by an organisation in the following sector(s).
Public research organisation
The industry(s) relevant to the technology. Which industries can benefit from this technology?
Research and development
The Technology Readiness Level of the available technology. For more information on the Technology Readiness Levels, please follow the link: Technology Readiness Levels
TRL 6: Experimental testing in real-world setting
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