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Helikites are tethered balloon aerostats that have been used in various scientific and meteorological applications since their invention in 1993. 


Their popularity with scientists is due to their ability to cope with difficult weather conditions despite being small, economical, and very simple to use. Before Helikites, scientists were forced to use one of two options: kites that came down when there was no wind, or very expensive balloons that were challenging to use and could not fly in high winds.

Helikites are used by university departments, atmospheric sciences programs, and commercial science organisations. They have opened up entirely new fields of research and gathered data never before collected, thereby expanding human knowledge.

Weather monitoring from the Atmosphere

Atmospheric Weather and Climate Change Monitoring

Helikites allow scientists to easily observe and monitor the atmosphere up to cloud level from land or sea. This makes it possible to gather numerous measurements which were previously unattainable, thus improving our 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 using Helikites, which greatly reduces costs and time.

Mapping Surveys int he USA and Canada from above

Aerial Photography

Skyshot Helikites are the simplest and most reliable method of aerial photography. They operate in all weathers and can fly where drones cannot. Video cameras can also be lifted effectively.

Photography echniques from the sky

Aerial Biology

Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in lifting insect nets to study aerial entomology using small Helikites. Helikites can be used anytime, anywhere for this and can even take samples from treetops. This could potentially open up an entirely new area of scientific study.

How to catch and monitor bugs in the atmosphere
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