Last December, the British Ministry of Defense announced its Aether project, estimated at 100 million pounds sterling (118 million euros). The goal is to create awith unmanned, rapidly deployable stratospheric reconnaissance and intelligence units anywhere in the world.
Theare very useful for intelligence operations, but one of their big flaws is . They can stay in a few tens of minutes, while this project specifically requires autonomous devices for several months. The American company has just announced that it has been selected for the evaluation phase of the project.
Track vehicles from the stratosphere
In an attempt to win the contract, the firm will demonstrate its. These have already been tested by the US military . Balloons can reach and are able to track vehicles day and night. One of the objectives was then to locate the traffickers of . As the system has been developed for several years, this no doubt explains the choice of the British government.
” Balloons offer higher operational altitudes than airplanes and can provide longer observation times for much less size, weight, power and cost than traditional reconnaissance and surveillance platforms “said the firm. Testing should begin” later this year “.