Drone Aviation Upgrades Technology for Army WASP Aerostats

The WASP, a highly tactical and mobile aerostat system, can be operated by just two soldiers and provides day and night video surveillance

Fremont, CA: Florida-based Drone Aviation Holding Corp. launched its new and upgraded kit for currently fielded Winch Aerostat Small Platform (WASP) systems. Drone Aviation is a manufacturer of specialized tethered aerial monitoring and communications platforms serving national defense and homeland security customers.

The new plug and play kit come with the feature to distribute full-motion video captured from WASP's Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor simultaneously to a dismounted soldier's mobile device utilizing the Android Tactical Awareness Kit (ATAK) as well as operators at the tactical operations center (TOC). All the electronic design, architecture, and integration into the WASP follow Program Executive Office (PEO), Project Manager Tactical Radio (PM TR), and PEO Soldier Nettwarrior standards.

"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, a highly tactical and mobile aerostat system, can be operated by just two soldiers and provides day and night video surveillance. It offers a secure multi-frequency and multi - waveform wireless communication range extension capability at the edge of the battlefield from either a stationary position or while being towed.

The US Army owned WASP systems have been successfully used in completing thousands of hours of soldier training over the last four years, various DoD operations, and customer operations. Currently, WASP is being utilized by the DoD as a mobile, tactical aerial solution that supports multi-mission profiles involving ground and aerial-based assets through communication retransmission.

The WASP is also capable of significantly extending ISR capabilities and secure communication in remote and austere locations, as it can operate at altitudes on 1400 feet above ground level. The soldier-operated systems can be rapidly configured to support a variety of mission requirements for days, weeks, or months with customized payloads.

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