- Last Updated on 07:44 AM 12/17/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s an aerostat that was hovering over the Day Complex adjacent to South Boston Elementary School on Friday afternoon.
Lindstrand USA of South Boston, manufacturer of aerostats and inflatable structures, designed this technically superior mode of surveillance and communications that is insensitive to weather and works equally well in both tropical and arctic climates.
Typical payloads are day and night cameras, surveillance radars, VHF and UHF repeaters, TV and radio transmissions.
The aerostat is filled with helium and fitted with an air ballonet to compensate for changes in temperature and altitude.
Tethered aerostats can be made in almost any size. Smaller aerostats can be easily packed away and re-inflated in only half an hour.