06, 2004 15:12
Systems International on Track for Unmanned Spherical Airship; Airships
will Provide Superior Platform for Both Defense and Telecommunications
--(Business Wire)-- April 6, 2004 One week after announcing the
establishment of Techsphere
Systems International's global manufacturing headquarters in
Columbus, Georgia, the company has relocated their spherical airship
to the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, for
continued research and development. They expect to launch an unmanned
test flight early summer 2004.
"Every day brings us closer to our goal of manufacturing high-altitude,
unmanned airships that will meet the needs of both the defense and
telecommunications industries," said TSI President Mike Lawson.
"We are watching our vision become a reality, and working with
our partners at 21st Century Airships, Proxity Digital Networks
(PinkSheets:PDNW), and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, we will
soon be able to showcase our technology to the world."
The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is working on a number
of technological innovations that will make the already unique spherical
airship a superior resource. Research and development is already
underway to fully automate the airship so that it can fly in both
manned and unmanned mode while carrying highly sophisticated sensors
or telecommunications payloads. Concurrently, GTRI is working toward
the development of renewal energy resources that will allow the
airships to stay "on-station" for up to one year.
"The Georgia Tech Research Institute is proud to be a part
of this exciting and important project. Equipped with the right
payloads, the potential applications for these airships are infinite,"
commented Professor Robert C. Michelson, Principal Engineer and
Director for GTRI's high altitude airship program. "Before
long, these ships will know how to reach and remain at a programmed
location, the next step will be optimizing energy sources to allow
for extended flights."
The airship's ability to remain in one position will allow for real
time communication and relay of surveillance. In addition, the airship
will be able to operate as a hovering cell tower, either as a substitute
for or enhancement to traditional terrestrial cell towers or telecommunications
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