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UK to Test C4ISR Stratospheric Balloons

Old 12th Aug 2022, 08:06
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UK to Test C4ISR Stratospheric Balloons

One of those things which comes back up every few years - Most of the advantages of a satellite or UAV but far greater on station time and footprint. Issue include how to get it to where you want it and how to recover it afterwards, particularly the sensor/comms package.

https://www.c4isrnet.com/2022/08/11/...-spy-balloons/


UK to test Sierra Nevada’s high-flying spy balloons

WASHINGTON -- Sierra Nevada Corp., the world’s 54th largest defense contractor in the Defense News annual ranking, will provide the U.K. with high-altitude uncrewed balloons to be used for surveillance and reconnaissance.

The U.S. aerospace company headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, will demonstrate the balloons’ capabilities as part of a U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Project Aether assessment phase contract, according to an Aug. 10 press release from the company.

The contract is valued at as much as £100 million (U.S. $121 million) and comes amid similar investments in the technology from U.S. lawmakers.

The U.K. project looks to address the country’s need for communication systems that are rapidly maneuverable for long-duration missions that require minimal resupply or maintenance. Ayse Caglar, a spokesperson for Sierra Nevada did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.….

The U.K. ministry announced the project in December, saying it was seeking “an uncrewed stratospheric communications and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability with a global reach in near-real time.”….


The Army has also explored the possibility of using high-altitude balloons to provide beyond-line-of-sight capabilities and has tested the technology at its White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Demonstrations of SNC’s surveillance balloons for Project Aether are expected to take place later this year.


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One of those things which comes back up every few years - Most of the advantages of a satellite or UAV but far greater on station time and footprint. Issue include how to get it to where you want it and how to recover it afterwards, particularly the sensor/comms package.

https://www.c4isrnet.com/2022/08/11/...-spy-balloons/


UK to test Sierra Nevada’s high-flying spy balloons

WASHINGTON -- Sierra Nevada Corp., the world’s 54th largest defense contractor in the Defense News annual ranking, will provide the U.K. with high-altitude uncrewed balloons to be used for surveillance and reconnaissance.

The U.S. aerospace company headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, will demonstrate the balloons’ capabilities as part of a U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Project Aether assessment phase contract, according to an Aug. 10 press release from the company.

The contract is valued at as much as £100 million (U.S. $121 million) and comes amid similar investments in the technology from U.S. lawmakers.

The U.K. project looks to address the country’s need for communication systems that are rapidly maneuverable for long-duration missions that require minimal resupply or maintenance. Ayse Caglar, a spokesperson for Sierra Nevada did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.….

The U.K. ministry announced the project in December, saying it was seeking “an uncrewed stratospheric communications and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability with a global reach in near-real time.”….


The Army has also explored the possibility of using high-altitude balloons to provide beyond-line-of-sight capabilities and has tested the technology at its White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Demonstrations of SNC’s surveillance balloons for Project Aether are expected to take place later this year.
Those are big balloons, 100 feet across or more, think Google had an effort to provide service in Africa and similar underserved areas with that technology. Sadly they shut it down over a year ago.
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Those are big balloons, 100 feet across or more, think Google had an effort to provide service in Africa and similar underserved areas with that technology. Sadly they shut it down over a year ago.
Loon LLC project.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loon_LLC

Saw the balloons drifting around the place on FR24 occasionally.
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At last; they’ve found some way of using all the hot air that blows out of MOD.
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Any thoughts yet on the all important Squadron plate ?
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... reform the Women's Balloon Corps, surely? Section Office Harvey can advise on uniform ... please.
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Take a look at 'Jet Blast' under 'Is anybody able to identify this?'
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