Tethered Aerostats

Product Overview

"With a portfolio of aerostat sizes available, Aerostar offers options for a small footprint, reduced helium consumption, increased payloads and lengthened flight duration." - Scott Wickersham, Raven Aerostar General Manager

Unmatched Performance in Lighter-Than-Air Technologies

Tethered Aerostats are lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft. Raven Aerostar’s tethered aerostat systems are expertly engineered to provide a ride for highly technical sensors (including cameras, radar systems, communications relays, and scientific equipment), enhancing situational awareness and safety for a multitude of needs:

  • Surveillance
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Reconnaissance
  • Research
  • Force Protection
  • Border/Port Security
  • Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Communication Relays
  • Situational Awareness
  • Rapid Acquisition
  • Disaster Response
  • Incident Awareness & Assessment
  • Monitoring Air Quality & Atmospheric Conditions
  • Critical Infrastructure Security

Persistent Surveillance Systems

Our Tethered Aerostat systems, available for purchase or lease, are designed to support a variety of payloads at altitudes ranging from a few hundred feet to several thousand feet. They are tailored to meet our customer's mission requirements and challenging operational environments.

Tactical Aerostat Systems

Tactical Aerostat Systems are ideal for quick inflation and rapid deployment. Carrying useful, lightweight payloads, they offer a stable platform for communications, intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Responsive Aerostat Systems

Responsive Aerostat Systems are long-duration, reliable platforms that perform critical missions for a smart, cost-effective investment. Optimized for quick-reaction deployments, they are used in missions where operators can gather intelligence and react quickly.

Enduring Aerostat Systems

Enduring Aerostat Systems offer a platform from which to perform persistent surveillance over a wide area. Fielded for months and years at a time, they are often part of an institutional, long-term strategic fielding plan for integrated situational awareness. Integrated with mission-specific payloads, Enduring Aerostat Systems can be used to detect, process, and comprehend critical information.

Fully-Integrated Systems and Solutions

Raven Aerostar is a systems integrator, offering tailored turnkey solutions as well as Operational Support. Able to carry a wide range of payloads and technology, our tethered aerostats are customized to meet any mission need. They can operate onsite as a turnkey system or, using a system of systems approach, they can be integrated with other platforms to form a larger operational network.

Facilities and Integrated Support

Raven Aerostar maintains a dedicated hangar and year-round flight operations facility in South Dakota, delivering tailored training programs, demonstrations, and testing year round. Our professional Flight Services team offers classroom sessions, hands-on operational and maintenance training, as well as on-site training programs at the customers’ location. 

Raven Aerostar also offers Field Service Representative (FSR) and Flight Director (FD) support, providing on-site assistance for maintenance, repair and day-to-day operations.

Proven Results

Raven Aerostar's Tethered Aerostat product line is the result of our extensive experience and proven history with lighter-than-air (LTA) technologies. Tethered Aerostats are the most cost-effective and adaptable persistent surveillance platform on the market. Our aerostats and sensors have many thousands of hours of persistent flight time, providing military intelligence in order to defend from insurgent activity.

Raven Aerostar was awarded in 2011 for its outstanding service, unwavering commitment and tireless dedication as a supplier of vital tethered aerostats, used for force protection under Operation Enduring Freedom.