High-Altitude Airships

High-Altitude Airships

ILC Dover has been involved in the design and development of high-altitude airships since the early 1980s supporting development programs for the Navy, NASA, DoD contractors, and commercial customers.

The subsequent growth of the cellular phone market and more recently, wide-band internet demand, has generated renewed interest in the use of high-altitude airships as a means of providing economical coverage for these services in developing countries.

High-Altitude Airship Experience

  • Lockheed Martin
    ILC Dover supported Lockheed Martin in the development of HAA vehicles, including HALE-D (High Altitude Long Endurance Demonstrator).
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    ILC Dover supported DARPA’s Integrated Sensor is Structure high-altitude program, which is a disruptive Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) providing an extremely large dual-aperture radar capability integrated in a fully autonomous stratospheric unmanned airship.

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