An Overview of Tethered Aerostats

The Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARX) is an American low-level airborne ground monitoring system which makes use of aerostats as radars. This system is similar to the EASER system but it does not need any type of external power source. It can operate on solar and/or battery power and has a range of approximately twenty-five feet above the ground. Most models of this system are able to stay in constant communication with headquarters and other monitoring centers even if the base station is located hundreds or thousands of miles away. Read More –

Use of Tethered Aerostats For Visual Deterrence

TETRAIDS is an acronym for Tetherless Airships, and they are basically tethered aerostats. These airships stay aloft by using the air surrounding it to cushion its wings and maintain its stability. As the air is pulled into the envelope by the weight of the airplane, it is released, along with the air surrounding it. This process repeats itself continually, pulling more air into the envelope as the airship flies. Although tethered aerostats cannot fly straight up, they can rotate around and head back to their starting point.

Because of the extreme maneuverability of tethered aerostats, they can be used to launch aircraft which can cruise at supersonic speeds over long distances. These aircraft can reach speeds of more than two hundred miles per hour and cruise at nearly one hundred miles an hour. In addition, these aircraft have the ability to carry heavy payloads up to eighteen tons. They can also release this payload more than six hundred feet above the Earth’s surface. This allows the aircraft to cruise over land and release their payloads into a wide area of area, unlike other lighter-than-air vehicles which have a much smaller payload.