Persistent aerial observation
for increased flexibility
With their ability to be deployed for an extended period of time, tethered platforms are well suited for aerial early warning, homeland security, border, and maritime surveillance situations. Tethered platforms are generally classified into powered and unpowered tethered configurations, and include both rotary wing UAVs and lighter than air vehicles (LTA). Platforms used in ISR operations can be manned, unmanned, or both. Unmanned tethered platforms are predominantly utilized for such applications.
Tethered systems are composed of three main components: platform, payload and ground control station.
The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC)* system is designed to provide long term persistent stare capabilities and enable reliable long distance communications. PARC uses CyPhy Works’ patented microfilament system to deliver extreme endurance, increased capabilities, and a smaller logistical footprint. PARC flies itself, so very little user training is required; and when operating the system the user can focus on the data that PARC produces, instead of the system itself.
The PARC system consists of a Ground Control Station (GCS) and a purpose built hexrotor VTOL air vehicle. The PARC vehicle carries a gyro-stabilized, gimbal mounted, EO/IR CM100 payload.
The PARC vehicle can operate at altitudes of up to 400 feet above ground level, or 10,000 feet density altitude. This high altitude capability enables long distance communications and extends visual reach. The microfilament system carries power and Ethernet communication between the GCS and PARC vehicle. Because the microfilament provides a direct connection, communications are secure and reliable.
The PARC system provides high quality, full frame rate, unbroken, High Definition video that no other small or micro UAS can match. The PARC system can accept power input from a variety of ac and dc sources, making it viable for many applications. And because the PARC vehicle is powered from the ground, the flight duration is not limited by battery life. In the event of a power interruption or microfilament failure, the PARC vehicle has an on board backup battery that will allow the vehicle to safely and autonomously return to its launch site.
Worldwide, SkyDocTM Aerostat systems have been designed to stay aloft when drones, blimps, and round shaped balloons must come down. The SkyDocTM Aerostat systems provide a quick and cost effective way to launch, monitor, and recover a payload designed for aerial surveillance, communication, and atmospheric monitoring.
The CM100 is an internally stabilized Dual-Sensor Gyro-Stabilized Gimbal which has been specifically designed for use on unmanned aircraft. Due to the exceptional weight and size of the CM100, it is able to be integrated and mounted into almost any platform with ease. With the CM100 you can start operating in hours, not days.
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