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Tethered Aerial Vehicles for Emergency/Disaster Response

It could be floodwaters rolling over a town or a hiker who has gone missing in the desert. Whatever the emergency, an effective response will often require an aerial platform.

With this an eye in the sky, a response team can get clearer a picture of an unfolding situation, spot dangers and opportunities, and better direct personnel along the fastest and safest routes.

To that end, Zenith Aerotech develops affordable, easy-to-deploy tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs).

Like drones, TAVs are small and easily transportable. However, they have the added benefit of being able to stay aloft for hours, and even days, at a time—delivering true persistent surveillance.

In addition, Zenith Aerotech have a heavy-lift capacity, allowing them to carry a wide range of customizable payloads, including:

  • Overhead illumination panels,
  • Networking radios,
  • Audio announcement equipment,
  • Electro-optical/infrared cameras, and
  • Synthetic aperture radar.

For more information about Zenith Aerotech and our offering of TAVs (Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro), please visit https://zenithaerotech.com/.

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Tethered Aerial Vehicles (TAV) for Border Security

Securing an international border is no simple matter.

There are trees and hills, rivers and ravines, and other obstacles and obscurants that get in the way of border personnel. Then there is the meandering length of the border itself.

As a result, countries will often employ a mix of techniques and technologies to keep safe.

One technology that’s recently attracted attention is the tethered aerial vehicle (TAV). Developed by Zenith Aerotech, a TAV is a small, easy-to-deploy drone that is linked to a Ground Power Station via a tether that contains power and communications cables.

Unlike conventional drones, a TAV can stay aloft for hours, and even days, at stretch, while carrying a variety of customizable payloads that support border security mission.

These include:

  • Mobile ad hoc networking radios to serve as long-range communications relays;
  • Electro-optical/infrared cameras to monitor ground movement; and
  • Airborne radars to detect drones infiltrating from across the border.

For more information about Zenith Aerotech and our offering of TAVs (Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro), please visit https://zenithaerotech.com/.

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Tethered Aerial Vehicles for Law Enforcement

Whether at the state, county or municipal level, police departments in the United States have fully embraced the drone—and for good reason.

Drones can be used to investigate traffic accidents, map crime scenes, secure public events, monitor hostage situations, and generally other perform missions without risking the life of a police officer.

What’s more, drones can do all this at a fraction of the cost of what it would take to purchase, operate, and maintain a helicopter.

Still, for all their utility, small drones have one drawback: they stay can aloft for, at most, an hour.

That’s where Zenith Aerotech comes in. We produce heavily-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs) that draw power from the ground, so they can stay aloft for hours and even days at a stretch, all while carrying a variety of interchangeable mission payloads.

For more information about Zenith Aerotech and our offering of TAVs (Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro), please visit https://zenithaerotech.com/.

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Zenith Aerotech showcases for first time tethered aerial vehicle at SOFIC trade show

Quad 8 TAV and its Ground Power Unit will be displayed at booth of partner General Dynamics

Zenith Aerotech, a leading developer of heavy-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs), announced today that it will be exhibiting for the first time its Quad 8 TAV and Ground Power Unit at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), held May 17-19, in Tampa, Florida.

Designed to meet such warfighter operations as overwatch, over-the-hill communications, force protection, and persistent surveillance, the Quad 8 and its 60-pound tether management/power conversion unit will be displayed at the General Dynamics Mission Systems booth (#805).

“People tend think of small drones of having limited air endurance and carrying only one or two pounds of payload, but our family of TAVs are in another class entirely,” said Kutlay Kaya, chairman of Zenith Aerotech. “Drawing power from the ground, they can stay in the air for days at a time.”

Indeed, last May, the Quad 8 was flown for 96 hours straight in an endurance test. All through that demonstration, it was supported by the Ground Power Unit, which carried in a Pelican case, acts as a tether management system and converts available 120- or 240-volt AC power into high-voltage DC.

Unlike many tethered drones out on the market, the Quad 8 can carry payload of up to 20 pounds. This allows the platform to carry a wide range of equipment, including (but not limited to):

  • Combined electro-optical/infrared cameras;
  • LIDAR;
  • Synthetic aperture radar;
  • Scanning radar;
  • Mobile ad hoc networking radios; and
  • Laser pointers and target designators.

Kaya said that cooperation between Zenith Aerotech and General Dynamics has proven fruitful for his company. “With a major partner like General Dynamic, we get global coverage for our products, and more and more people learn about the value of TAVs,” he said.

For more information about Zenith Aerotech and its portfolio of TAVs (Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro), visit the General Dynamics Mission Systems booth (#805) at SOFIC or go here: https://zenithaerotech.com.

About Zenith Aerotech

Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Afton, Virginia, Zenith AeroTech is an industry leader in Tethered Aerial Vehicles (TAVs). We leverage our extensive experience in mechanical design, power electronics, software development, prototyping, and project management to provide customers with highly customizable aerial solutions. Our markets include emergency services, law enforcement, industry, and defense. Learn more about Zenith Aerotech here: https://zenithaerotech.com/

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Zenith Aerotech Enables Persistent Communication

Persistent Elevated Communications Relay. Reliable communications is key to coordinating any critical mission—be they military, law enforcement, emergency response, firefighting, or disaster relief. But even radios must obey the laws of physics. So what happens when topography blocks line-of-sight communications?

You need an airborne relay.

Zenith Aerotech’s family of tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs) can provide that relay. Our TAVs can stay aloft for days at a time while carrying a variety of communications payloads, such as an aerial Wi-Fi hotspot or mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) radio.

Indeed, when carrying a MANET radio and hovering at an altitude of 400 feet, a TAV can deliver voice, text, video, still imagery, and GPS data to operators on the ground kilometers away.

The TAV is also easy to deploy. It is carried in two Pelican™ case and draws power from a generator, this powers the Zenith Ground Power Unit.  The platform is modular too: besides a communications payload, a Zenith Aerotech TAV can carry light panels and a variety of electro optical and IR sensors.

For more information about Zenith Aerotech and our TAV portfolio (Quad Light, Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro), visit https://zenithaerotech.com.

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Zenith Aerotech Provides Persistent Illumination

Whether working round-the-clock at a construction site or safeguarding critical infrastructure, you always need a good source of light. Zenith AeroTech provides that overhead illumination with our family of tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs).

Unlike standard rotary-wing drones, a TAV can hover over an area for days at a stretch while providing persistent, air-to-ground illumination from up to three high-intensity (16,000 lumens) light panels.

As a result, critical activities—like police investigations, search-and-rescue parties, and border security missions—do not have to draw down at night.

Carried in a Pelican™ case and easy to deploy, a TAV hovers at altitudes of 150-400 feet. The platform stays in the air thanks to its Ground Power Unit, which draws energy from available sources (generator, vehicle power systems, etc.).

The light panels provide spot or wide-area illumination. But the modular TAV platform can also carry other payloads for surveillance, video/image/data capture, and communications. 

Visit https://zenithaerotech.com for more information about Zenith Aerotech and our portfolio of TAVs (Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro).

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Zenith Aerotech Delivers Persistent Surveillance

Persistent surveillance used to be the sole province of large military formations. After all, they were the only ones capable of fielding fixed-wing, long-endurance drones like the MQ-1 Predator.

Not anymore, though.

Thanks to Zenith Aerotech, now even the smallest military, law enforcement, and humanitarian response unit can put eyes in the sky for hours—and even days—at a stretch.

Zenith Aerotech produces a family of lightweight, rotary-wing tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs) that can carry a wide variety of customizable sensor payloads, including:

  • Electro-optical and infrared cameras,
  • Synthetic aperture radar,
  • Scanning radar,
  • LIDAR, and
  • Laser range finders.

Carried in a Pelican™ case and easy to deploy, the TAV flies at an altitude of 400 feet. It is kept aloft by a Ground Power Unit, which draws energy from available sources (generator, vehicle power systems, etc.).

For more information about Zenith Aerotech and our offering of TAVs (Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro), please visit https://zenithaerotech.com/.

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Zenith Aerotech, VIRTEX form strategic partnership to meet increasing customer demand for long-endurance, heavy-lift, tethered drones

This collaboration will allow Zenith AeroTech to meet larger production goals for its line of tethered aerial vehicles while being fully compliant with National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) regulations

 

AFTON, VA: Zenith Aerotech, a leading developer of heavy-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs), announced today that it has formed a strategic partnership with VIRTEX Enterprises (“VIRTEX”), an Austin-based electronics manufacturing service provider, to meet increasing customer demand for more TAVs in shorter timeframes and for these platforms to be NDAA compliant.

“This new partnership allows our two companies to leverage their individual areas of expertise,” said Kutlay Kaya, chairman of Zenith Aerotech. “Zenith brings years of custom-made TAV and free-flight drone design and manufacturing experience, while VIRTEX—an AS 9100 accredited organization—contributes its sought-after advanced electronics design, manufacturing, and testing capabilities.”

Zenith Aerotech offers industry, Federal government, first responder, telecommunications, and military customers the option of three different, highly customizable TAV platforms: Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro. Thanks to Zenith’s Ground Power-Tether Management System, these TAVs can stay aloft for days at a time, delivering true persistent surveillance.

VIRTEX provides engineering services, design, system level integration, PCBA and full life cycle management services for the aerospace, military, and commercial market. These services are delivered in vertically integrated solutions with an aim towards long-term customer partnerships.

“VIRTEX’s U.S.-based manufacturing capability and its specialized aerospace experience will ensure that Zenith products are all American-made and fully NDAA compliant, unlike other drone suppliers,” said Kaya. “VIRTEX will also allow Zenith to scale up production to meet larger volume orders in a shorter timeframe.”

Meanwhile, Zenith will help VIRTEX enter the growing, technically sophisticated small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) market, with introductions to new defense and law enforcement customers.

Dana Pittman, Executive VP of VIRTEX, noted that the combination of the two companies brings with it a great deal of technical depth.

“The vertical capabilities of our two companies include full system design, manufacture and integrated test,” Pittman said. “We offer leading-edge custom solutions that support multiple channels, including defense. With this partnership, VIRTEX and Zenith will build complex systems to address diverse and complex problem sets.”

About Zenith Aerotech: Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Afton, Virginia, Zenith AeroTech is an industry leader in Tethered Aerial Vehicles (TAVs). We leverage our extensive experience in mechanical design, power electronics, software development, prototyping, and project management to provide customers with highly customizable aerial solutions. Our markets include emergency services, law enforcement, industry, and defense. Learn more about Zenith Aerotech here: https://zenithaerotech.com/

About VIRTEX Enterprises: VIRTEX is a leading manufacturer of circuit card assemblies, high complexity cables and harnesses, precision machined parts and mission critical electronic systems for small and medium-sized customer programs across a wide range of industries, including industrial, aerospace and defense, automotive, and medical.

VIRTEX specializes in high reliability markets requiring complex system level assembly and world class supply chain resiliency. By providing a regionally focused market-segment approach, VIRTEX can bring greater value and innovation to its customers, improve OEM competitiveness, and deliver comprehensive, tailored solutions that are specific to each customer.

VIRTEX is based in Austin, Texas, with additional manufacturing facilities in Plano, TX, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Juarez, Mexico. Learn more about Virtex here: https://www.virtex.us/

Media Contact: Don Leckrone, TEL: 540-456-1147 x113, [email protected]

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Zenith Aerotech keeps tethered aerial vehicle aloft for 108 hours of continuous flight

RECORD-BREAKING FLIGHT DEMONSTRATES CAPACITY FOR TRUE PERSISTENT SURVEILLANCE, COUNTER-DRONE MEASURES

AFTON, VA: Zenith Aerotech, a leading developer of heavy-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs), announced that, over the span of a week, its Quad 8 multi-rotor platform flew a total of 161 hours and 49 minutes—108 hours of which were continuous, uninterrupted flight.

In doing so, the TAV far exceeded the capabilities of competing tethered drones and demonstrated its ability to serve as a long-endurance platform for persistent surveillance.

“Small, multirotor-type drones are notorious for their limited air endurance. By contrast, tethered aerial vehicles, which draw power from a generator on the ground, can stay aloft for hours at a stretch,” said Kutlay Kaya, CEO of Zenith Aerotech. “But no other TAV company has ever been able to fly a platform for as long as we just did. This is a major technological breakthrough for small unmanned systems.”

The test, which took place over a seven-day period at the company’s facility in Afton, was initiated at the request of a government customer prior to delivery. The Quad 8 TAV, which carried an electro-optical/infrared camera and an Echodyne EchoFlight radar, flew for most of that time, only coming down twice, during lightning storms, which had to be waited out.

“We observed all the FAA regulations for day and nighttime operation,” Kaya said. “Our team was on site around the clock, with people taking 8-hour shifts to watch the TAV and the Ground Power-Tether Management System. There were two times we had to bring down the Quad 8, but as soon as those storms subsided, the TAV was back in the air. We flew through 18 hours of light to heavy rain with wind gusts up to 40 mph.”

Zenith Aerotech recently partnered with Sydney-based DroneShield to provide enhanced drone-detection capabilities and countermeasures. In putting DroneShield’s DroneSentry-C2 command-and-control application, along with an Echodyne radar, onto a TAV, Zenith AeroTech provided a platform with a higher elevation than the standard mast. This eliminated clutter and false positives, allowing for better counter-drone detection. Now it provides extreme long-endurance too.

“By demonstrating more than 100 hours of flight time, we’ve opened up our TAV to all sorts of mission sets and customers,” Kaya said. “It’s a really very exciting.”

About Zenith Aerotech: Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Afton, Virginia, Zenith AeroTech is an industry leader in Tethered Aerial Vehicles (TAVs). We leverage our extensive experience in mechanical design, power electronics, software development, prototyping, and project management to provide customers with highly customizable aerial solutions. Our markets include emergency services, law enforcement, industry, and defense. Learn more about Zenith Aerotech here: https://zenithaerotech.com/

Media Contact: Don Leckrone, TEL: 540-456-1147, [email protected]

 

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Zenith soars past 96-hour endurance test goal

On Friday, Zenith surpassed it’s goal of 96-hours in testing the endurance of it’s Quad 8 tethered aerial vehicle. The company will continue flight hours into the weekend and will land only if severe weather moves in. If you would like to speak to a representative about your mission needs, please call Don Leckrone at (540) 456-1147.

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Zenith Aerotech to offer DroneShield counter-drone capabilities on tethered aerial vehicles

PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COMPANIES TO ENABLE BETTER, LONGER RANGE DRONE DETECTION WITH COUNTERMEASURES

AFTON, VA: Zenith Aerotech, a leading developer of highly customizable, heavy-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs), announced today that it is partnering with Sydney and Virginia-based DroneShield to provide enhanced drone detection capabilities, along with a range of countermeasures.

As part of the distribution agreement with DroneShield, Zenith Aerotech will incorporate DroneShield’s DroneSentry-C2TM command-and-control ecosystem into its own family of TAVs, along with an Echodyne EchoFlight radar, to counter drone or drone swarm attacks.

“By putting a detection capability on a TAV, which typically flies at 400 feet, you get better range than if you were to have these systems on a pole or ground vehicle,” said Kutlay Kaya, CEO of Zenith Aerotech. “Also, your alerts will be more accurate because, at elevation, you’ve eliminated clutter.”

The integration of Echodyne radars on Zenith Aerotech’s TAV also enables simplified mission planning, added Shane Shamblin, Echodyne’s director of DoD Programs. Zenith AeroTech offers three different TAV platforms: Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro.

In contrast to standard drones, these three TAVs can stay aloft for hours—and even days—at a stretch thanks to Zenith’s Ground Power-Tether Management System, which converts 120- or 240-volt AC power from a generator (or another source) into high-voltage DC, powering both platform and payload.

The platforms themselves can carry 10-30 pounds of payload, and Zenith AeroTech is always experimenting with different mixes of sensors, communications and other equipment to proactively address emerging threats.

In addition to a capable drone-detection solution, the company will be offering DroneShield’s and soft kill measures, to be used by personnel on the ground. “Because we detect inbound drones from further away, we give personnel on the ground more time to jam them,” Kaya said.

There are many potential markets for TAVs with counter-drone capabilities. The military could use them to protect forward operating bases; civilian security managers might have them fly over sensitive facilities; and law enforcement could use them to safeguard well-attended public events.

“We are already working with a couple of federal agencies, and we anticipate broader adoption of this solution,” Kaya said.

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik has commented, “DroneShield’s deployment with Zenith takes our cutting edge command-and-control ecosystem capabilities into the tethered drone domain, opening a new range of applications for our Government end-users.”

About Zenith Aerotech: Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Afton, Virginia, Zenith AeroTech is an industry leader in Tethered Aerial Vehicles (TAVs). We leverage our extensive experience in mechanical design, power electronics, software development, prototyping, and project management to provide customers with highly customizable aerial solutions. Our markets include emergency services, law enforcement, industry, and defense. Learn more about Zenith Aerotech here: https://zenithaerotech.com/

About DroneShield Limited: DroneShield (ASX:DRO) is an Australian/US ASX-listed company, focused on Electronic Warfare, RF sensing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Sensor Fusion, rapid prototyping and MIL-SPEC manufacturing. Our capabilities are used to protect military, Government, law enforcement, critical infrastructure, commercial and VIPs throughout the world. Through our team of based engineers, we offer customers bespoke solutions and off-the-shelf products designed to suit a variety of terrestrial, maritime or airborne platforms. DroneShield is proudly exporting Australian capability to customers throughout the world and supporting Australia’s defense, national security and other organizations protect people, critical infrastructure and vital assets. For inquiries, please contact [email protected]

Media Contact: Don Leckrone, TEL: 540-456-1147, [email protected]

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Zenith Aerotech mounts radar, networking radio, and EO/IR camera on small, tethered drone

INTEGRATION DEMONSTRATES VERSATILITY OF LONG-ENDURANCE, HEAVY-LIFT, READILY DEPLOYABLE QUAD 8

AFTON, VA: Zenith Aerotech announced today that it has integrated an advanced flight radar, gimbaled EO/IR camera, and mobile ad hoc networking radio on the company’s Quad 8 tethered mid-range, unmanned aircraft system (sUAS).  The engineering work, which was done at the behest of an unnamed Federal customer, demonstrates how the long-endurance, tethered sUAS can support force protection and early warning missions.

Able to fly at 400 feet AGL for hours—and even days—at a time, the tethered Quad 8 draws power from an easily transportable ground power unit. Zenith Aerotech’s sUAS line, can carry a variety of payloads, from 10 to 24 lbs. Until now, the company has never flown this combination of advanced sensor and communications equipment on the Quad 8.

“We are very excited to have worked with so many cutting-edge industry partners on this effort,” said Kutlay Kaya, CEO of Zenith Aerotech. “With their collaboration, we were able to have our Quad 8 carry Echodyne’s Advanced EchoFlight radar, Trillium Engineering’s HD45 gimbaled EO/IR camera, and the Persistent Systems MPU5 mobile ad hoc networking radio.”

The next step for the company is to demonstrate the capability of the platform with all these integrated payloads, said Mr. Kaya.

“We plan to show how we can simultaneously collect high-resolution imagery, both electro-optical and thermal, as well as air- and ground-based radar anomalies and then securely deliver these collections through the MPU5, providing a robust overwatch capability,” Kaya said. “The MPU5 also acts as a radio/data relay to support disaster recovery operations and provide secure communications.”

The planned platform/payload demonstration shows the versatility of Zenith Aerotech in meeting customer’s needs, whatever they may be. “Whether our customer is a first responder agency, media company, or armed service, we strive to develop and deliver relevant capabilities in a timely fashion,” Kaya said.

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Zenith Aerotech Holds Tethered Aircraft Systems Demo Event

The company hosted contingents from its Ohio-based customer, Will-Burt Company, and local first responders the Wintergreen Fire, Wintergreen Rescue, and Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire departments.

Attendees saw Zenith’s bimotored quadcopter, TAV-Q28, in action amidst sustained 25 mph winds and gusts up to 40 mph. Discussions afterward yielded useful feedback for Zenith regarding specific requirements of the local departments.

Zenith is grateful for everyone’s participation, and looks forward to hosting similar events in the future.