RT LTA Systems Ltd. is adding a new member to its Skystar family: the Skystar 110. The Israeli firm designs and manufactures the Skystar™ family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications applications.
The Skystar 110 is based on the platform of the Skystar 100 micro balloon system, and includes the Epsilon 140 payload – a dual sensor payload with a 3.3x IR continuous zoom lens. The lightweight Epsilon 140 enhances system performance by maximizing night-time surveillance capabilities as well as by offering a built in target tracker and moving target indicator.
The Skystar 110 is a micro balloon system, designed to provide field commanders with real time "over the hill" reconnaissance capability. Backpack- or pickup truck-transportable, the system is designed to be assembled and launched by two personnel in 15 minutes, for a 1,500 feet surveillance range.
The 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. The PGCS combines a user-friendly software interface with advanced Real-time Control hardware.
The unit includes an integral Digital Video Recorder (DVR), for recording video and data during the entire mission. Map and video telemetry can be displayed simultaneously on the PGCS screen. The system features navigation capabilities such as point to coordinate and hold coordinate as well as manual control modes. The system can be used as a relay for other systems such as mini UAVs or ground sensors.