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Lighter-than-air UAV unveiled

March 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM   |   Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- A lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicle designed to meet U.S. military and government ISR requirements has been unveiled by Sanswire Corp. of Florida.

The introduction of Argus One follows the company's recent filing of a provisional patent application in the United States for the new airship design.

The aircraft, developed for Sanswire under contract by Eastcor Engineering, a U.S. Department of Defense prime contractor, is designed to fly over areas of interest for extended durations carrying various payloads designed to allow for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications. It is equipped with the company's newly developed proprietary stabilization system that autonomously controls the level of rigidity of the airship in flight.

"Argus One is the airship we believe can address and help with many of the ISR and communications challenges facing the world today, both domestic and abroad," said Sanswire Chief Executive Officer Glenn Estrella. "We look forward to demonstrating and proving Argus One's capabilities and potential."

Sanswire Corp. is a developer of autonomous, lighter-than-air UAVs capable of carrying payloads that provide persistent security solutions at low, mid and high altitudes.

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