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King Fisher™ Wind Capable Blimp System

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The Kingfisher™ aerostat is an aerostat balloon designed to provide a stable platform in winds up to 50mph/75kph and give you unprecedented options for your payload and surveillance requirements. As part of an LTAS surveillance system, the Kingfisher is the only FAA approved, urban-flight qualified, lighter than air system available in North America. Aerial Products, through a collaboration with Embry Riddle Aeronautics University (ERAU), developed more than a dozen significant enhancements to the original open-source balloon design. The resulting Kingfisher™ has been in production since 2008 with hundreds of the new design operating worldwide.

A major improvement to the original design is the increase in volume of almost 40% without an increase in tether line tension also the construction of the envelope; materials, methods, placement of critical components like valves, the deflation device and a new wing shape have all greatly improved upon a very capable original design.

Military-grade, high performance, low drag envelope as shown at top. These models are called "High Capacity" due to the larger envelope in height, but with the same diameter as SC models. The HC designation in the model number indicates 35% more Helium volume in the envelope with no additional tether line tension in high winds. This is unique to the Kingfisher brand aerostat.

 

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  Performance:
Standard Capacity and High Capacity SC models are demonstrated to operate in winds up to 50 mph/80kph, at high altitudes and from mobile platforms.  Helium loss rate is approximately 1% to 3% of volume per 24 hours. Helium effusion is different than atmospheric or barometric pressure differences which can cause the envelope to expand and contract.


See: UAS Operation Airspace and Frequency Spectrum - COA Guide


 


 


High Capacity: The high-capacity models have a larger envelope in height, but with the same diameter as SC models. The HC designation in the model number indicates 35% more Helium volume in the envelope with no additional tether line tension in high winds. This is unique to the Kingfisher brand aerostat.

Standard Capacity:
Generally used for ship based or mobile operations whereby the anchor platform may force the aerostat into an adverse yaw condition as a result of the difference between heading and wind direction. The SC and HC models have the same excellent high-wind flight characteristics, but the standard capacity version's tolerance for being dragged one direction with wind coming from another direction is preferred for mobile drag-line operations.

Aerial Photo:
While using the same basic materials as the military models, the model "U" versions are shaped more like a slightly squeezed ball than the traditional Kingfisher shape. These models have approximately 50% more Helium volume for the same diameter as a standard capacity version. Flight dynamics are diminished, to 30mph or less relative wind. The shape is more conducive to transport while inflated in an enclosed trailer which is the main benefit to the model.

 

About Net Lift:
All NL calculations are based on 100% inflation, at sea level, at 72 degrees ambient and with industrial-grade Helium (99% purity). Generally these values are for comparative analysis for sizing and Helium volume.

See KingFisher™ Standard and Gyro Stabilized Video camera Mount Systems.

See Benefits of a Balloon Camera System

See: FAA / COA, UAS Drone Operation / Authorization Guide

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