US Army Receives Real-Time Video Distribution Tech for WASP Aerostats

Drone Aviations New Field Upgradable Video Kit Enables Expanded Integration with Soldier Communication Handsets for Real-Time Situational Awareness

Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a developer of specialized, tethered aerial monitoring and communications platforms serving national defense and homeland security customers, recognized in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, and a competitor in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, has successfully completed the customer-requested development, testing and delivery of an advanced video distribution upgrade kit for currently fielded Winch Aerostat Small Platform (WASP) systems.

This new plug and play kit provides the capability to distribute full motion video captured from the WASP’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor simultaneously to a dismounted soldier’s mobile device utilizing the Android Tactical Awareness Kit (ATAK) developed by DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), also a Recognized Award Winner in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, as well as operators at the tactical operations center (TOC).

(The Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) is a gps communications tool that runs on a mobile device. It improves situational awareness by allowing users to know where their mission partners are located, regardless of affiliation. It also improves communications through a variety of applications. Thanks to the efforts of the S&T Apex Border Situational Awareness (BSA) team, ATAK was used during Hurricane operations in Houston and Puerto Rico. Courtesy of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)

All electronics design, architecture and integration into the WASP was completed at the Company’s Jacksonville headquarters facility and follows Program Executive Office (PEO), Project Manager Tactical Radio (PM TR) and PEO Soldier Nettwarrior standards.

The upgraded equipment has been shipped to the customer for integration into a WASP system currently deployed overseas.

Dan Erdberg, President of Drone Aviation
Dan Erdberg, President of Drone Aviation

“Drone Aviation is honored to be selected by our Army customer to expand the capability of WASP by providing deployed soldiers with secure video directly on their existing handheld devices,” said Dan Erdberg, CEO and President of Drone Aviation.

“Through continual enhancement and the ability to adapt to changing technology and mission requirements, WASP further differentiates itself and delivers value to our customers.”

“We look forward to making this important new technology available and to bringing this expanded capability to our warfighters.”

The WASP is a highly tactical and mobile aerostat system which can be operated by as few as two soldiers and can provide day/night video, secure multi-frequency and multi-wave form wireless communication range extension capability at the edge of the battlefield from either a stationary position or while being towed.

(See Drone Aviations Winch Aerostat Small Platform, or WASP, in action. Courtesy of Drone Aviation and YouTube.)

WASP Capabilities & Operational Features Include:

  • Mobile, rapidly reconfigurable aerostat

  • HMMWV OR truck deployed

  • Setup to operating in 30 minutes

  • Tactical, mobile, soldier operated, 2-3 crew

  • Days-duration flight time (72+ hours continuous)

  • 10X the height of existing tower capability

Drone Aviation’s WASP ERS tactical aerostat completes training with an U.S. Army unit stationed in the Pacific
Drone Aviation’s WASP ERS tactical aerostat completes training with an U.S. Army unit stationed in the Pacific
  • Up to 1500 feet operating altitude AGL

  • Versatile platform for variety of payloads to include communications, ISR and SIGINT: : cameras/ISR, communications

  • 8 km human detection, 40 mile communication range

  • Operationally flexible – deploy and launch from fixed or remote site

  • Low total cost of ownership (TCO)

  • Self-contained launcher – many host options: Modular launcher can be dropped on ground, rooftop, or military depot trailer (M1101/02)

  • Launcher can be tendered to commercial freight (not roll-on, roll-off cargo via Dover AFB MAC): Ship via commercial carrier (LD7 cargo pallet)

Over the past four years, U.S. Army-owned WASP systems have successfully completed thousands of hours of soldier training operations, various DoD exercises, and customer operations.

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Mobile, Tactical, Multi-Mission Capable WASP System Features Dual Payload Support and Over 30km Communications Range Extension Capabilities

WASP is currently being utilized by the DoD as a mobile, tactical aerial solution that can support multi-mission profiles involving ground and aerial-based assets through communication retransmission.

Operating at altitudes of up to 1,500 feet AGL, the WASP system can significantly extend ISR capabilities and secure communications in remote and austere locations.

The soldier-operated systems can be rapidly configured to support a variety of mission requirements for days, weeks or months with customized payloads.

To Learn more about the WASP, including product demonstration video, please visit

Drone Aviation Returns to Compete in 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

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2018 ASTORS Gold

  • Best Persistent Aerial Monitoring Solution

  • WASP Tactical Aerostat


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William "Bill" Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department (BPD) and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), will speak at the 2019 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East 2019, on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (Courtesy of Teneo Risk)
Bill Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department (BPD) and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), will speak at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East 2019, on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (Courtesy of Teneo Risk)

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Drone Aviation Holding Corp. develops and manufactures cost-effective, compact and rapidly deployable aerial platforms including lighter-than-air aerostats and drones designed to provide government and commercial customers with enhanced surveillance and communication capabilities.

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Utilizing a patented tether system, Drone Aviation’s products are designed to provide prolonged operational duration capabilities combined with improved reliability, uniquely fulfilling critical requirements in military, law enforcement, commercial, and industrial applications.