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aerial platforms



The technology under Research and Development consists of an airborne tethered platform made of inflatable structures that uses a combination of both buoyancy and aerodynamic lift via the Magnus effect, with the latter being one order of magnitude greater than the former. When compared with a traditional tethered aerostat, this system, with extra aerodynamic lift from the Magnus effect, can guarantee better performances in station keeping and can carry heavier payloads at higher altitudes



There isn't presently in the market a long endurance (i.e.: permanent) and relatively stationary high altitude platform for payloads of Earth observation or telecommunications, the latest ranging from satellite repeaters at high altitudes to providing a lower cost and easily deployable mobile network infrastructure with increased line of sight range. The concept by which Omnidea achieves this objective is by tethering an inflatable and easily deployable platform, thus keeping the payload airborne by having this platform mildly lighter-than-air with the ability to generate by Magnus effect an order of magnitude higher aerodynamic lift force (when compared to buoyancy) in order to withstand the drag imposed by wind. Additionally being tethered power to the airborne subsystems can be permanently fed from the ground minimizing the need to land.

PROTOTYPE MAIN FEATURES

- Operational altitude of 600 m
- Payload Capability 40 kg
- Flight Endurance 24h

POSSIBLE SYSTEM APPLICATIONS

- Satellite data validation and calibration
- Satellite laser link communications
- Pre-Launch Spacecraft payloads testing
- Forest fires monitoring
- Maritime surveillance
- Atmosphere / climate changes
- Emergency Management
- Advertising and Aerial photography
- Video recording and surveillance
- Telecommunications
- Wind energy harnessing