By Kalwinder Kaur
World Surveillance Group (WSGI) declared its intention to launch its proprietary Blimp in a Box (BIB) system during this year’s AUVSI’s (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Unmanned Systems North America, scheduled to take place from August 6 to 9 at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Designed to be an automated, self-contained compact aerostat platform, the BIB system can be mounted behind the standard vehicle. It is capable of delivering real-time day/night high definition footage for detection of improvised explosive devices ("IEDs"), intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), governmental and civilian applications and for border security missions
A provisional patent application was filed by WSGI in May 2012 for the BIB technology-based Argus Hybrid aerostat. Designed and developed by WSGI, the proprietary BIB aerostat system is a standard size configuration package that can be mounted behind a pickup truck, HUMVEE, or other related vehicles. Its simple design allows quick, automated and efficient deployment by a one man crew. Deployment is done just at the push of a button. Upon activating the system, the prepackaged envelope including a laser capable payload integrated- day/night electro-optical/infrared camera undergoes automatic inflation with respect to the applicable pressure. It is safely connected to the vehicle via a fiber optic tether. An automated launch and recovery system detaches the BIB system from the vehicle to an operational low altitude ideal for application. It ensures critical detection capabilities for long miles. Once the vehicle reaches the operational altitude, it can pursue its mission using the fully functional BIB system via any terrain. After achieving the mission, the BIB system will be recovered automatically, retaining the lifting gas within the BIB self-contained helium storage system. This system can be simply re-assembled, re-packaged and easily transported to subsequent mission destinations.