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1. (WO2017154010) ROAMING AIRBORNE EXPLORER DEVICE

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/154010    International Application No.:    PCT/IL2017/050311
Publication Date: Fri Sep 15 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: B64B 1/00
B64B 1/30
B64B 1/40
B64C 27/20
B64D 47/08
Applicants: SHILAT OPTRONICS LTD.
Inventors: GUETTA, Avishay
SOLOMON, Dekel
SHALOM, Hezi
Title: ROAMING AIRBORNE EXPLORER DEVICE
Abstract:
An airborne device for surveillance of an enclosed area, comprising a platform having illuminating imaging devices, and an attached lighter than air balloon. A vertically aligned rotor provides additional lift, a rotor directed along the length of the platform provides forward and backward motion, and additional rotors aligned sideways steer and rotate the device. The rotors are driven by electric motors powered by an on-board battery. A vertically directed distance sensor measures and controls the hovering distance of the device from the roof. A reel of optical fiber is installed at the rear end of the platform, and the optical fiber unwinds from the reel and deploys behind the device as it moves forward. This optical fiber carries image data back to a monitor. The length of fiber deployed, combined with directional and accelerometer readings can be used to determine the absolute position of the device.