Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. (“LTAS”) has received an order for a Blimp in a Box™ (“BiB”) 100 aerostat system for use by a State Department of Transportation. The BiB 100 aerostat system is scheduled to be delivered to the customer during the first quarter of 2014, after which onsite training and test operations will commence.
Unlike a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle, the highly mobile BiB 100 aerostat system utilizes a high strength, power tether line to remain connected to an integrated trailer where secure communications are transmitted. The system is designed to provide incident awareness and assessment (“IAA”) and can be used to monitor illegal activity, identify and monitor traffic patterns, or provide disaster response in a secure manner without the risk of being intercepted or jammed.
The BiB aerostat system is designed to be used in various applications required by state and local government municipalities including first responders, police and fire departments. The BiB 100 is a smaller version of larger LTAS BiB aerostat systems including the BiB 250, which is currently being used by the Department of Defense (“DoD”) for evaluation and training. Additionally, a variant of the BiB 250, or as it is also called while being utilized by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command /Army Forces Strategic Command, the Winch Aerostat Small Platform (“WASP”), also recently participated in the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.1 as a ‘System Under Evaluation.’