Carolina Unmanned Vehicles develops and produces small mobile aerostat systems.  Aerostats are basically tethered blimps, which along with their required ground equipment and payloads, provide a versatile long endurance platform for a variety of military, Homeland Security, law enforcement and other missions.  Aerostats provide unrivalled persistence, coverage area, and low cost.

The CUV mobile aerostat systems are designed to use a lifting aerostat, which is an aerostat with aerodynamic lifting surfaces in addition to the helium buoyancy.  We use the Helikite lifting aerostat, the most mature and best performing lifting aerostat on the market.  Using a lifting aerostat allows us to use small aerostats, sized to modern lightweight payloads, and still operate in real world weather conditions.  Traditional aerostats are easily driven into the ground by wind, and cannot be made small to take advantage of modern electronics.

CUV Lightweight Aerostat Systems carry lightweight, electrically powered payloads to operating altitudes up to several thousand feet, depending upon the mission.  Surveillance missions typically require altitudes of 300 to 500 feet while communications missions often require several thousand feet.

Aerostat systems consists of the aerostat, airborne safety devices, a winch for the tether, ground mooring system, electrical generation system, and payloads.  Payloads may be gyro-stabilized Electro Optic and / or Infra-Red (EO/IR) cameras with a ground control station, communications relays, and intelligence collection payloads.

The system is self contained with all equipment to deploy and operate the system in a single unit, either a wheeled dolly for smaller systems or a on a single HMMWV trailer for larger systems.  Systems are designed for rapid launch and retrieval by only two people.  Once inflated and launched they can provide operation while on the move, in open country with no overhead power lines or other obstructions.

We provide several types of services which are offered separately or in combination across our customer base.

Research & Development of systems, aerostats and UAV components

Flight testing of customer payloads on CUV’s in-house aerostat system

Leasing of CUV's in-house aerostat systems for customer testing and operation

Operation of CUV-owned aerostat systems as a customer service

Carolina Unmanned Vehicles, developers of unsurpassed small mobile aerostat systems, provides you with unrivaled persistence and extensive coverage at a low cost.