HELIKITES FOR SCIENCE
Helikites are tethered balloon aerostats that have been used in various scientific applications since their invention in 1993. The reason they are so popular with scientists is their ability to cope with difficult weather conditions despite being small, economical and very easy to use. Before Helikites existed scientists had no choice but to use kites that came down in no wind or very expensive balloons that were very difficult to use and would not fly in high winds.
Heikites are used by university departments and commercial science organisations. They have opened up entirely new fields of research and gathered data never before collected, thereby expanding human knowledge.
Atmospheric Weather Monitoring
Helikites allow all scientists to easily observe and monitor the atmosphere up to cloud level from land or sea. This makes possible numerous measurements previously impossible to gather, thus improving knowledge of atmosphere, weather and climate change.
GIS, Geomatics, Surveying & Inspection
An aerial view of the ground improves measurement and land use information gathering. Vast areas of land can be accurately measured very quickly and safely by scientists, this greatly reduces costs and time taken.
Skyshot Helikites are the easiest, simplest and most reliable method od aerial photography. They operate in all weathers and can fly where drones cannot. Video cameras can also be lifted to great effect.
Recently there has been a great deal of interests in small helikites lifting insect nets to study aerial entomology. Helikites can be used anywhere for this and can even take samples from tree tops. This opens the door to an entirely new area of scientific study.