Drones

An inflatable flying camera for the drone-averse

An inflatable flying camera fo...
Skye can be inflated to different sizes up to three meters in diameter (9.8 ft)
Skye can be inflated to different sizes up to three meters in diameter (9.8 ft)
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Skye can stream videos and photos from above to offer spectators an aerial perspective
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Skye can stream videos and photos from above to offer spectators an aerial perspective
Skye can be loaded with broadcast equipment weighing more than 2 kg (4.4 lb)
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Skye can be loaded with broadcast equipment weighing more than 2 kg (4.4 lb)
The Skye aircraft uses electric motors only for movement and is pumped full of helium to keep it aloft
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The Skye aircraft uses electric motors only for movement and is pumped full of helium to keep it aloft
Skye can stream videos and photos from above to offer spectators an aerial perspective
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Skye can stream videos and photos from above to offer spectators an aerial perspective
Aerotain is showing off the Skye aircraft at this week's NAB Show in Las Vegas
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Aerotain is showing off the Skye aircraft at this week's NAB Show in Las Vegas
Skye can be inflated to different sizes up to three meters in diameter (9.8 ft)
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Skye can be inflated to different sizes up to three meters in diameter (9.8 ft)

With all the furore about drones today, it's easy to forget that blimps once ruled the skies over sporting events. But one company believes that big airships still have plenty to offer in this area, so has developed an aerial platform that carries broadcast gear and won't wreak havoc should it come crashing to the ground.

Drones might be super agile and boast other useful attributes, but with whirring blades and solid frames they do cut quite a menacing figure. In the eyes of Swiss company Aerotain, what better way to assuage these discomforts down below than with a big inflatable balloon?

Its Skye aircraft uses electric motors for movement and is pumped full of helium to keep it aloft, allowing it a flight time of more than two hours. This would easily outlast even the most powerful of electric drones, but unlike those aircraft, Aerotain says its solution is perfectly safe to touch and fly above crowds.

Skye can stream videos and photos from above to offer spectators an aerial perspective
Skye can stream videos and photos from above to offer spectators an aerial perspective

Skye is customizable and can be inflated to different sizes measuring up to 3 meters in diameter (9.8 ft) depending on the task at hand, and carry broadcast equipment weighing more than 2 kg (4.4 lb). This gear can then stream videos and photos from above the sportsfield to offer spectators an aerial perspective. The aircraft can also be brandished with company names to serve as a floating billboard (kind of like a regular blimp, we guess).

Aerotain is showing off the Skye aircraft at this week's NAB Show in Las Vegas, and imagines it finding uses not just at sporting events, but concerts, conferences and public spaces as well. It tailors every blimp to each customer's individual requests, from helping with the original idea to deploying trained pilots to control the thing once it takes flight. Contact details are available via the source link, and you can see the Skye in action in the video below.

Source: Aerotain

Project Skye in a Nutshell

5 comments
Karl L
I know this is a commercial application but I really want a floating eyeball with a camera.
Kpar
Pretty good idea. And on windy days, you could still tether it to something to extend its operating time. I want mine to look like the Death Star.
MichiganDave
I want a floating eyeball/camera too, but I really want this to be a viable transportation device that will allow me to float from Michigan to California over 14 days of travel. With great food, comfortable seating and sleeping with tremendous opportunities for photography. My future: back to the past. I know, I'm dreamin', I'm dreamin'.
mediabeing
Well phooey. Silly me, I thought someone had finally come with with a safe drone. NOPE. There are STILL external props! Phooey.
Stephen N Russell
For events, malls, games under 500K attending alone. Ideal for security role too.