AirMast™ - innovative sky mast for communication and surveillance
SPH Engineering presents new addition to continuously evolving drone market - a ready-to-fly tethered drone system Air Mast. Compared to some conventional mast systems Air Mast is easy and quickly deployable mean to bring up sensors in the sky, not requiring operators specific technical knowledge. Air Mast can provide significant support for most search and rescue, environment protection, telecommunication and video surveillance activities. Air Mast is operated with UgCS’s ground-based command control software run on a durable tablet.
Air Mast consists of ground module with intelligent winch system and a drone with lightweight 100 meter tether, consisting of cables for power and data transmission. Powered from ground by any type of power generator, the drone can stay in the air for extended period of time with no reliance on drone-batteries.
Compared to some conventional mast and tower systems, Air Mast can be deployed by a single person in less than 5minutes. Air Mast is capable of carrying payload of up to 1,5kg from video camera, to diverse sensing devices or mesh network extenders. High-bandwidth data channel is a part of the tether, which enables high-resolution video or other data transmission from the drone to the ground system.
According to the payload the Air Mast can be used by private business or governmental organisation, ranging from perimeter control, event management, communication and cellular applications for strategic facilities, oil & gas pipelines and rigs, traffic control, emergency response, firefighting, mines, forests and national parks, disaster areas and mass events like a virtual mast.
Current ground-based version of the AirMast™ system uses a popular drone platform that is widely available, flight-tested and reliable - DJI S900 together with Elistair SAFE-T powering system.