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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/


Zenith Aerotech Exhibits At 2020 National Public Safety UAS Conference

This year’s event was held at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia, and hosted around 200 law enforcement, public safety, search and rescue, emergency services, and disaster relief professionals who already use or plan to use unmanned aircraft systems in their operations.

Each of the three days featured workshops, breakout sessions, networking events, demonstrations, and training for those in attendance, and on the final morning Zenith gave an hour-long demonstration of its TAV-Q28 to many who had expressed interest throughout the week.

Zenith is grateful for this opportunity to have debuted its products and their capabilities to many prospective customers.