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Airborne Revolution

The most effective and economical method of persistently lifting payload into the sky ever devised. Low cost, high lift.

Patented aerostat design is the World’s first aerodynamic, lighter-than-air aircraft.

Combined high altitude tethered balloon with kite that is pushed up by both helium and wind giving stable and permanent flight.

Flying high over land or sea, Helikite  thrive in the high winds that force lesser aerostats and drones to the ground.

Robust design using military grade materials.

Uses substantially less helium with more weight lifted than other aerostats, blimps and tethered helium kites.


Proven worldwide in all weather and environmental conditions.

Helium costs for filling Helikites are a fraction of other aerostats, blimps and helium kites. Helikites are strong but also very light so helium lift is much greater than other aerostat designs.

aerostat helium balloon

Over 25 years of manufacturing Helikite Aerostats for World Leading Organisations. 


0.7m3 Personal Size Helikites to 250m3 Helikites for World Leading Environmental Research Programs.

  • Environmental Research

  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences

  • Cloud and Pollution Research

  • Military & Surveillance

  • Science and Research

  • GoPro & GoTenna Systems

  • Payload Attachments

  • Radar Systems 

  • Communication Relays for 4 and 5G

  • Unmanned Vehicle Relay

  • Substantially Extend Line of Sight for Transceivers and Radar Equipment

  • Fibre Optics Option

Helikites can fly from 50 metres in the air to several thousand metres. Helikites are capable of flying payloads from a few grams to many kilograms.

  • Cost Effective

  • User Friendly

  • Customisable

  • Versatile

  • Stable in the air​

The size of Helikite is generally determined by how much weight needs to be lifted into the air. Aerostats consisting of a helium balloon with kite. Used for meteorology, military, research, surveillance, & communications.

Desert Star Helikite aerostats have a full cover for protection and strength,

Skyhooks have an open balloon for the lightest weight possible.

Allsopp Helikites is located in the United Kingdom and ships worldwide.

Contact us to discuss your unique situation.

+44 (0)1425 654967

Airborne Aerostat Solutions for a range
of Applications 

Helikite Aerostat Benefits

64 m3 Helikite
  • Greater Stability - Foul weather operations.

  •  Very Steady Payload - Stable camera support.

  • Higher AltitudePayloads go high. Radio range increased. Long range camera surveillance.

  • Increased PayloadLift more equipment.

  • Longer EnduranceStay up for many days.

  • Most Economical - Lowest cost per flight hour.

  • Most Versatile Limitless capability.

  • Simple & Reliable - No mechanics or electronics.

250 m3 Desert Star Helikite

Helikite aerostats are a patented combination of a high altitude helium balloon and kite. Helikite aerostats overcome the shortfalls of normal tethered balloons, UAV's blimps, aerostats and kites. Helikite aerostats use less helium per KG of list than other aerostats. Helikites are more stable, lift heavier payloads and cost much less to purchase and operate than other aerostats.

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. Helium costs are low with helikites in comparison to other aerostats with the same payloads.

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 aerostat 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.

Helikite aerostats are widely used in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, South Korea and South America.

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