Blackwater Airships test new prototype

Making up the largest portion of the airship is its envelope, which was manufactured at TCOM and designed with a flexible envelope without an internal frame…

TCOM tests aerostat-borne communications system

TCOM technicians launch an aerostat equipped with the Cellular Aerostat Platform System communications package during a demonstration Thursday for the U.S. Army at TCOM’s facility in Weeksville.

New manufacturing facility in Elizabeth City

TCOM L.P., an international supplier of airships and lighter-than-air vehicles, broke ground Feb. 21 on the construction of a new 40,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Elizabeth City.

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TCOM at Singapore Airshow 2008

TCOM will once again be exhibiting at the Singapore Airshow 2008. This is our tenth consecutive show of exhibiting at this important conference. The show will be held February 19 through 24 at the Changi Exhibition Centre. Come by U.S. Pavilion Booth Q-83 for the latest information on TCOM and our aerostats. TCOM will be introducing our new Cellular Aerostat Platform System (CAPS) that reconstitutes wide-area emergency communications in the face of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina or the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. We look forward to seeing you there!

One North Carolina Fund Grant Helps TCOM Expand Near Elizabeth City

Governor Mike Easley today announced that TCOM L.P., a supplier of airships and lighter-than-air vehicles, will expand its facility in Pasquotank County, creating 101 jobs and investing $3 million during the next three years. The announcement was made possible in part by a $70,000 One North Carolina Fund grant.

TCOM Awarded Contract for Rapid Restoration of Emergency Communications

…The U.S. Army awarded TCOM L.P. a contract to develop and demonstrate a Cellular Aerostat Platform System (CAPS) that reconstitutes emergency communications in the face of a national disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.

Return of the Navy Blimps?

In the aftermath of World War 2, blimps and airships found themselves gradually phased out of the US military. That didn’t really begin to change until the 21st century

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Raytheon completes negotiations on $1.4 billion contract for JLENS development

…Work on the program will be performed at Raytheon sites in Massachusetts, California, Texas and Maryland. Raytheon IDS will develop the fire control radar and processing station. TCOM, L.P., based in Maryland, will develop the aerostat and associated ground equipment.

Navy Eyes Aerostats for Affordable, Long-Duration Surveillance

The Navy is resurrecting the concept of aerostat surveillance, anticipating that the technology could operate for longer hours and at lesser expense than today’s surveillance platforms.

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The USA’s Raid Program; Small Aerostats, Big Surveillance Time

The RAID program is a combination of cameras and surveillance equipment positioned on high towers and aerostats, in order to monitor a wide area around important locations and bases. The RAID concept began with a smaller TCOM 17M aerostat…

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