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Press Release Stmpas 2012 05 14 B

Press release on new aerostat system
Published on: Mar 4, 2016

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  • 1. PRESS RELEASE 14 May 2012Delivery of Small Tactical Multi-Payload Aerostat System (STMPAS)Carolina Unmanned Vehicles, Inc. (CUV) announces the delivery of a new version of their LightweightAerostat System (LAS) for the Small Tactical Multi-Payload Aerostat System (STMPAS). STMPAScombines the LAS hardware from CUV and payloads developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute(GTRI) for the Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF). CUV provided the aerostats and all groundoperating equipment and GTRI developed the payloads. It will provide Intelligence, Surveillance, andReconnaissance (ISR) capability for small tactical units in Afghanistan and other locations.The REF mission is to rapidly increase mission capability while reducing risk to Soldiers and others byequipping operational commanders with off-the-shelf (government or commercial) solutions or near-termdevelopmental items that can be researched, developed and acquired quickly.The STMPAS consists of several optional ISR payloads attached under a small specially designedtethered blimp, called a Helikite, and a trailer Carrier that stores the Helikite and the required winch,sensors and helium tanks. The STMPAS blimp can fly at 1000 feet for low cost, long term coverage for24 hours a day for a week or more without maintenance or downtime. It operates for weeks at a time at afraction of the cost of comparable aircraft or Unmanned Air Vehicles. STMPAS has been tested by GTRIand the Army at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and will fly in the Aerostat Limited Objective Experiment(LOE) at Fort Benning, Georgia in May 2012. The REF is procuring six more STMPAS for deploymentto Afghanistan for further operational evaluation.Traditional aerostats cannot operate in high winds unless fairly large, typically with 200 Lb of lift ormore. This large size makes them unsuitable for deployment to small isolated bases. LAS uses thepatented Helikite lifting aerostat from Allsopp Helikites of Great Britain. Helikites have lifting surfacesthat generate aerodynamic lift to support the blimp in winds which would drive traditional designs intothe ground. With the Helikite, LAS can be smaller and more mobile than traditional aerostat systems yetstill operate in high winds. The STMPAS will be able to fly in 50 knot wind. With superior mobility,mission utility and adverse weather capability, LAS still requires only two people for all operations.LAS is suitable for surveillance, communications relay and research for DOD and Homeland Securitymissions. Carolina Unmanned Vehicles has provided versions of LAS for the USAF, Sandia NationalLaboratory, and Lockheed Martin. CUV is a small Woman-Owned company focused on small aerostatsand Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Contact: Mike Rogers, (919) 851-9898, Fig 1 CUV Lightweight Aerostat System HMMWV Compatible Carrier Trailer Gyro –Stabilized Camera Payload Helikite Lifting Aerostat Networked Communications Payload Helirest Protective Mount Acoustic Gunfire Detectors / Other PayloadsCarolina Unmanned Vehicles, Inc. 4105 Graham-Newton Road, Raleigh NC 27606(919) 851-9898

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