The Spy-i is a small size aerostat that can carry dual sensor payload up to 150m in the air, providing 360-degree Day and Night observation coverage, accomplished by state-of-the-art simple equipment, which requires minimal operating skills and maintenance procedures. The Spy-i is tethered to a cable, which is anchored to the ground, or any surface or held by its operator for easy displacement.
When filled with Helium gas, the ~8m balloon floats up in its surveillance altitude and can remain on station many hours, after which it can winched down for a helium top-up and battery replacement, then rapidly returned to surveillance altitude.
The system provides real-time color Day and IR digital high quality stabilized video, transmitted to the Ground Control Unit that allows Video geo-referencing along with video enhancements. The Spy-i is designed to be rapidly deployable by two persons.
Once airborne, just one operator is needed to manipulate the system via a Ground Control Station (GCS) laptop while the real-time video can be streamed to users on the ground, via the GCS or the optional RVT (Remote Video Terminal).
Max Payload Weight
|Aerostat Length / diameter||8 m / 2.8 m|
|Aerostat volume||24 m3|
|Empty Aerostat weight||2.5 Kg|
|Maximum operating Ceiling||300 m|
|Recommended operational altitude||Up to 150 m|
|Deployment time||Up to 20 minutes|
|Retrieval time||Up to 20 minutes|
|Wind limitations||Up to 30 km/h|
|Maximum Payload weight (Avionics and sensors)||6 Kg|
|Safety valve||Yes (optional)|
|Special mission capabilities||Can be tied & operated from a slow moving vehicle / boat|
System Operation Highlights
The Spy-i is a portable asset that can be rapidly deployed to provide real-time video and simultaneously generate rapid geo-located imagery. The system is portable and transportable and can be deployed within 20 minutes. Video and IR images are data linked to a ground station and can be easily distributed or transferred to an optional RVT (Remote Video Terminal). The GCS can be located few kilometers away.
- Monitoring and Surveillance
- Crowd Management
- Perimeter security
- Disaster relief/control
- Force Protection
- Communication relay
- Border and coastal surveillance
- VIP Protection
- Media coverage
- Traffic control
- 360º observation coverage
- Long Mission time
- Day/Night aerial Surveillance Capability
- Low maintenance and operation costs
- Coexists with Bluebird’s UAVs & GCS
- Small size & Low weight
- Quick deployment and retrieval time (under 20 minutes)
- Remote Ground Control Location: up to 5 km from the Aerostat
- Minimal Support Crew Required: Transported and operated by two-man team
- Deployment in any terrain – No prepared area required
- Reinforced at the stitches