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RT's SkyStar 180 secures Eurovision 2019 in Israel

22nd May 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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RT's SkyStar 180 aerostat system was deployed for surveillance during the Eurovision song contest in Israel.

Deployed on behalf of the Israeli Police, the system was deployed in two different locations in Tel Aviv. The aerostat transmitted high-resolution HD video to the ground command and control unit from a new payload, carried by the SkyStar 180 for the first time.

SkyStar 180 is a small-sized mobile aerostat, designed for tactical mid-range surveillance, border control and public safety, as well as for police and military applications. Based on a towable trailer, the system consists of a stabilised day/night electro-optical payload suspended from a helium-filled aerostat, tethered to a ground system.

The system can operate continuously at wind velocity of up to 40 knots, and can lift a payload of up to 20kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of up to 1,000ft. for up to 72 hours at a time, after which it is brought down for a 20-minute helium refill. Only two people are required to fully maintain the system.

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