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.
“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
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.
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 https://www.droneaviationcorp.com/solutions/aerostat/wasp.
Drone Aviation Returns to Compete in 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
Best Persistent Aerial Monitoring Solution
WASP Tactical Aerostat
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
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