Tethered Air

Ultra-scalable aerial robotics for unprecedented access

Our patented, cable-driven, lift-supported robot moves a payload with winches on the ground and pulley rigging that is suspended from an anchored balloon called a multi-tether aerostat. It has such unprecedented scalability and high-speed motion that it presents a paradigm shift to many critical industries like container logistics and parcel delivery, but it also scales down to early, profitable markets like media and recreation.

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Tethered Air's patented, cable-driven, lift-supported robot moves a payload with winches on the ground and pulley rigging that is suspended from an anchored balloon called a multi-tether aerostat.

It has such unprecedented scalability and high-speed motion that it presents a paradigm shift to many critical industries like container logistics and parcel delivery, but it also scales down to early, profitable markets like media and recreation. 

Key advantages:

• SCALE: we achieved 1500’ span; 25 sq mi is possible
• SPEED: we achieved 60 MPH; much higher speeds possible; cabled systems achieved Mach 1
• COST: cable-driven architecture provides a huge reduction in capital & operational cost over aircraft
• WEIGHT: aerostats have achieved 75-ton capacity; lift options - kites, wings, rotors
• SILENCE: no propeller noise allows close-in access over urban areas, crowds, and sports
• SAFETY: redundant cables, no propellers - inherently safe ops

How does your innovation work?

Balloons have always been seen as moving vehicles, overcoming drag to move payloads. As such, they were never seen as stationary elements that could support these kinds of large cabled systems. Cabled robot cameras have a long history in sports videography, employing cable winches and stadium rigging to achieve dynamic, close-in footage over complex sport environments, especially football.

We consider balloons (and kites) as semi-stationary structural elements that enable versatile configurations for cabled robotics. We were issued a utility patent over the broad category for every scale of this innovation. This allows us to freely license or operate in the sectors we find most lucrative. We've defined media, recreation, and cargo as the most profitable, attainable markets in our reasonable development blueprint.

What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?

We proved the core platform by moving a camera at 60 MPH over a 500' baseball field, and achieved a 1500' span as well. See video on our website, and contact us for more info

Do you have current users or testers?

Media pilot project

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

We are a HaaS (Hardware-as-a-Service) company, modeled after film equipment companies who have patented camera platforms. We can license, lease, and operate opportunistically, but expect that much higher revenues and margins are available in operations.

Our sales currently focuses on major sports production companies, and we already have excellent progress in that channel with the decision-makers who are our ideal customers. Our operations arm will execute jobs proficiently, while our technology arm improves the platform's core technical competencies.

We project strong early revenue growth towards a profitable videography company, then expanding a recreation division that scales to a cargo company.

Next Steps

Our current fundraising is to purchase professional-grade equipment we need to bring our product to market. We aim to start as a commercial media videography company with a responsive disaster relief capability, then expand to a cargo company as we demonstrate the scalability of the platform over a technology maturation development cycle.

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