HELIKITES

The World's Most Advanced Aerostats

Helikite aerostats are a patented combination of a helium balloon and kite. Helikite aerostats overcome the shortfalls of normal tethered balloons, UAV's blimps and kites.

High winds that send other aerostats crashing to the ground, actually push Helikites higher into the sky. Helikites are the world’s only successful kite-balloon hybrid aerostat. Helikites are very tough, surviving extreme weather in military trials that literally tore other aerostats to shreds. Unique design means that even small Helikites can fly to thousands of feet without the need for a ballonet or constant electrical power. Helikites mean that aerostats are no longer just fair-weather aircraft.

Helikites are incredibly versatile. The same basic design scales up in size infinitely. Special Forces troops can take a Jungle Marker Helikite from their back pocket, inflate it with 0.4m3 of helium in seconds and then fly it hundreds of feet above the jungle canopy for emergency position location. Equally, a 100m3 version of the same basic design, flown to 5000ft from the back of a naval vessel, can lift fibre-optic cable and sensors capable of detecting anti-ship missiles from 100 miles away.

Desert Star Helikites protect coalition troops in Afghanistan by lifting surveillance cameras for the British and US Army. Helikites monitor weather for the British Antarctic Survey and relay video from robot boats miles over the horizon in the English Channel and the Arctic Ocean. Compact Helikites steadily lift aerial cameras for photographers and much equipment for scientists. Desert Star Helikites lift networked radios and antennas, to instantly provide thousands of square miles of secure broadband comms for the Australian Defence Force, Royal Marines and other Special Forces worldwide.

Rapid-reaction Helikite deployment systems have been developed to lift 4G base stations to provide reliable 4G communications for the European emergency services during large crowd events and disasters.

Don’t just take our word for it. Click on "Aerostat Challenge" to test fly Helikites for real against all other types of aerostat. Other balloon and blimp aerostats may fly in good weather and clean air. However, when you absolutely must have a reliable aerostat to operate in all conditions, there is only one choice - the unique, unmatched, Helikite.