COLUMBIA, MD – TCOM and Logos Technologies successfully demonstrated an exportable color version of Logos’ lightweight Simera wide-area sensor onboard a TCOM 12M™ Tactical Aerostat. The demonstration took place at TCOM’s Persistent Surveillance Center of Excellence (CoE) in Elizabeth City, NC during the first week of July and was attended by both domestic and foreign audiences.
The Simera sensor was integrated onto and flown on the TCOM 12M™ Aerostat system. TCOM’s 12M™ Aerostat system provides an extremely compact and portable platform and is ideally suited to carry the Simera to its optimal altitudes. The 12M™ offers rapid deployment and retrieval, enabling operators in the field to obtain actionable surveillance data faster than ever before. The 12M™ has a payload weight capability of 60lbs (27kg) and a mission endurance of up to 5 days.
The Simera system, at only 40lbs (18 kg), provides persistent coverage of a full 360o area to the operator. Imagery from the full 360o field of view is available in near real time and is continuously recorded for immediate rewind or historical analysis. Simera is a high-performance, adaptable system that offers the reliable near real time and forensic data needed to make critical assessments and take decisive action in the field.
“TCOM sees great value in the inclusion of WAMI sensors into our suite of ISR and force protection payloads already integrated onto our existing family of tactical aerostats,” says Ron Bendlin, President and CEO of TCOM. “These WAMI systems, when paired with sensors providing full-motion video (FMV), greatly increase the persistent surveillance collection and forensics analysis tools that are highly advantageous for our customers with requirements in the areas of law enforcement, emergency response, critical asset protection, force protection, as well as other areas”.
Traditional narrow field-of-view cameras will continue to be a mainstay on aerostats for long-range surveillance, but they cannot survey multiple areas of interest simultaneously and unavoidably miss many marks. The combination of both a narrow field-of-view of a FMV camera and a WAMI sensor can be incorporated in a manner which enables the operators to persistently monitor a large area of interest in both day- and night-time applications and provide slew- to-cue capability for closer surveillance when required.
TCOM established its Persistent Surveillance Solutions Center of Excellence (CoE) at the company’s Manufacturing and Flight Testing Facility in Elizabeth City, NC in 2014. TCOM’s Elizabeth City facility has long served as the East Coast’s primary hub for LTA systems’ manufacturing, assembly, and testing. The Center of Excellence was created to expand the company’s capabilities to include integration testing of platforms, payloads, sensors, and PED technologies in partnership with manufacturers from around the globe to further the development of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems.
About TCOM, L.P.:
TCOM is the global leader in persistent surveillance solutions. For over 40 years, the company’s pioneering innovations have defined the persistent surveillance and Lighter-than-Air industries. By blending leading edge technology, manufacturing, and field operation capabilities, TCOM has provided systems for United States and foreign governments with complete persistent surveillance capabilities. Our systems are in use around the globe including theaters of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. TCOM’s delivered systems include fixed-site deployments, fully transportable systems, and specialized sea-based deployments. TCOM’s headquarters is based in Columbia, MD, and the Manufacturing & Flight Test Facility is located near Elizabeth City, NC. TCOM is the only company in the world devoted to cost-effective LTA surveillance solutions with in-house aerostat and airship manufacture, assembly, flight test, and training capabilities. Learn more at www.tcomlp.com.
About Logos Technologies:
Founded in 1996, Logos Technologies LLC is a diversified science, engineering and technology company specializing in the fields of advanced sensors, wide area motion imagery, advanced analytics, and processing of large, multisource datasets. Logos serves government customers including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security, as well as a range of customers in commercial and international markets. Learn more at www.logos-technologies.com.