Taming Altitude is Drone Aviation’s approach to unmanned systems design, manufacturing and flight operations. Combining engineering, human factors-based design, software, and safety systems to provide a reliable, easy to deploy system, Drone Aviation’s goal is to lead the UAS industry from the unpredictable pioneering days of manned flight to the routine airline operations of modern times. The Drone Aviation Corp. (DAC) technology and UAS solutions are based on manned aeronautical engineering and licensed pilot training and experience.


Drone Aviation provides systems for well-defined missions, and solutions for new and challenging requirements. Meeting the needs of commercial, research, law enforcement and military customers by providing cost-effective, reliable access to altitude. From 50 feet for 4 hours, to 1,500 feet for days, Drone Aviation has the technology and systems to enable your mission. All systems use the armored smart tether for data communications, delivery of power and as an area-constrained safety feature.



Electrically Powered Tethered Drones



Helium Powered Tethered Aerostat Platforms



All-Terrain Mobility Combined With Tethered Drone Capabilities



Tether Kits for your Inspire UAS


Mobile. Tactical. Long-duration. Cost effective. Logistically light. Simplified operation. Key elements to accomplishing any aerial mission. And characteristics of every DAC solution. DAC systems have commercial applications ranging from energy infrastructure surveys and security to military missions including communications relay, SIGINT, force protection, and convoy escort. Civil agency uses include border patrol, emergency response, search and rescue and law enforcement response to crowd management, hostage situations, and large event security and protection.

Homeland Security

Border and Port Security • Critical Infrastructure Protection


ISR • Force Protection • Extending Communications

Federal, State, Municipal, Law Enforcement

Force Protection • Search and Rescue • Crowd Control • Event Protection

Disaster Recovery

Emergency First Responders • Relief Efforts • Situational Awareness

News Gathering

Breaking News • Unique Aerial Perspective for Reporting

Commercial Applications

Agriculture • Pipeline Monitoring


RAPTOR Flight Control System
The most important UAS technology, and most difficult to master, is the vehicle autopilot and the operator interface, the Ground Control Station. Drone Aviation’s RAPTOR Flight Control System comprises the Georgia Institute of Technology’s GUST autopilot, and the DAC developed GCS.
The RAPTOR on-board autopilot (GUST), executes on standard Intel i3, i5, i7, single board computing architecture. RAPTOR is not performance constrained as are many flight control systems operating on proprietary, difficult to upgrade hardware. Being able to rapidly increase computing power allows for mission expansion using capabilities such as GPS-denied vision navigation, target recognition and neural network vehicle control. Commercially licensed exclusively to DAC, GUST is an extensible software platform for full vehicle and environment simulation, on-board dynamic vehicle flight control (autopilot), and sensor-fusion navigation. GUST is mature technology with 15 years of research and operational experience and continues to be improved and expanded by Georgia Tech and Drone Aviation.
Ground Control Station (GCS)
The RAPTOR GCS is unique in the industry. Developed by DAC for use in tethered systems, the GCS is uncluttered by removing confusing settings and options, vehicle tuning and informational windows not required for tethered systems. Further, the RAPTOR GCS operating system is separate from the operator’s tablet, PC, phone or other display and input device. This abstraction layer allows the vehicle to be monitored by a central site, and operated with many different types of devices locally, over a secure wifi or wired Ethernet/Fiber optic link.
Kevlar Armored Tether
The DAC tether system is an armored smart leash that provides uninterruptible power, and unhackable communications to the WATT UAS and WASP aerostat. While this concept appears simple, DAC’s proprietary tether technology is a key differentiator and enabler for long-duration, safe, unmanned flight.

Tether-based systems for aerial platforms deliver a number of advantages:

  • Fly more reliably and safely than free-flying unmanned aircraft
  • Unlimited flight duration from ground-based power
  • Transmit power, video and other data, vehicle control, securely through Kevlar armored tether, no signal to hack
Tension Control Winch System
A critical part of the WATT Ground Support Equipment, the tension control winch maintains consistent tether alignment with the WATT aerial vehicle. As the vehicle ascends or descends the winch system rapidly adjusts. When in loiter or mobility modes, the tension control monitoring and adjustment system measures tether line tension hundreds of times per second.
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Small adjustments are made to ensure the tether does not become slack or pull on the aerial vehicle. The system is fully automatic, compensating for both drone operation and environmental conditions. Managed tension avoids slack or whipping of the tether in winds or vehicle flight changes which can result in the tether wrapping around nearby obstructions. Further, the vehicle is more stable when the tether tension is actively managed as the tether is not inconsistently pulling on the vehicle.
  • More stable vehicle flight, resulting in better video and higher accuracy station-keeping
  • Safer operation, especially in windy conditions or mobile operations
  • Winch is designed to allow safe recovery of aerial vehicle



Drone Aviation was formed in April 2014 from the acquisition of Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. (LTAS), founded in 2009. The development of tethered drones started with LTAS in late 2009 as a potential aerostat system replacement. Drone Aviation Corp. (DAC) is focused on global agencies and organizations in the commercial, military, research and law enforcement sectors. Customers include the US Army, US Marines, US Navy, US EPA, NREL, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ecuadorian Air Force, many US research universities and US law enforcement agencies.

Taming Altitude is Drone Aviation’s approach to unmanned systems design, manufacturing and flight operations. Combining engineering, human factors-based design, software, and safety systems to provide a reliable, easy to deploy system.

DAC’s goal is to lead the UAS industry from the equivalent of the pioneering days of manned flight, to the daily airline operations of modern times.

Drone Aviation’s technology and UAS solutions are based on manned system aeronautical engineering, and licensed pilot training and experience. Further, through our experience manufacturing and supporting systems in use by the DoD, Drone Aviation will help the industry mature for wider use in the National Air Space.



People, Processes, Technology and Products

The DAC team has a broad range of skill sets and experience. From scientists to engineers to former military personnel. They are our strength, source of innovation and make Drone Aviation a world-class UAS company.

Drone Aviation is built on an organization, LTAS Corp., that has 6 years of experience engineering, manufacturing and supporting aerostat systems in the field. Systems that are mission-critical to US Army Soldiers and US Marines for communications and force protection. DAC has internal systems and processes such as; change management, engineering test and evaluation, separation of development, test and production software environments, departmental structures specific to production, R&D, engineering, documentation, and support. Drone Aviation’s processes and procedures are what you need and expect in a technology partner that provides UAS systems. Startups and new entrants to the industry may not have the maturity to support your mission.

Drone Aviation is leading the UAS community in numerous unmanned technologies. On-board power systems weighing less than 3 lbs. yet delivering 150 amps of current, automatic tether tension control system, armored tether, data over the same two wires carrying the power, simplified Ground Control Station, highly-stabilized, all-weather dual sensor ISR payloads with human detection ranges of 3km. All incorporated into a low-cost and highly reliable system.

DAC products range from aerostats to tethered UAS systems, with technical commonality across most sub-systems. This approach provides a logistically light capability to customers starting with one DAC platform and later incorporating another into their concept of operations.

Jay H. Nussbaum

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nussbaum has extensive executive experience in government and commercial sales and management. He previously served as executive vice president of Oracle Service Industries under Oracle's chairman and CEO, Larry Ellison, where he oversaw government, education, health, communications, utilities and financial services operations.

During his nearly 10-year career at Oracle, he helped grow the U.S. government business from less than $60 million to more than $1.5 billion. Under Nussbaum's stewardship as founder, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Agilex Technologies Inc., the company grew to over $300 million in revenue and is now part of Accenture Federal Services, a provider of mission and technology solutions to the national security, healthcare and public sectors of the U.S. government.

He also served as global head of sales, marketing and business development for Citigroup Global Transaction Services, and as president of integrated systems operation at Xerox Corp. Nussbaum has also served on a number of boards of directors, including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and Northrop Grumman Corp. He is active in numerous business and charitable organizations.


Reginald L. Brown

Chief of Staff

More than 35 years in high-level executive sales, marketing, management, information technology and business consulting across the public sector. Brown’s diverse business experience includes serving as vice president of U.S. solution sales for Oracle Corporation and Director of Federal Global Operations and Government Affairs, Integrated Systems, for Xerox Corporation as well as serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense when he was appointed to the prestigious President’s Commission on Executive Exchange.


Kevin Hess

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Hess has 20 years of technology experience comprising electronic systems design for DoD programs, image processing and analytics for companies such as Hughes, Kodak and Dainippon. Mr. Hess has been integrally involved with Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. as an engineer and consultant since its founding in 2009, overseeing the development of its proprietary aerostat and drone products. As an IT executive at Fortune 250 companies, Mr. Hess has performed lead roles in software development, application architecture, mission-critical infrastructure, and multi-million dollar project sponsorship and oversight. Mr. Hess continues to leverage his background and education in computer science, having attended the Harvard Business School residence PMD program to further his strong track record of technology innovation and financial management. Mr. Hess brings his unique talents to the design, manufacturing and support of the Company's solutions.


Dan Erdberg


Mr. Erdberg has worked with DAC for over three years on developing lighter-than-air aerostat platforms and unmanned aerial systems and has supported the development of advanced custom-designed surveillance solutions serving various government and commercial customers. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Erdberg has played an instrumental role working with companies involved in various technology sectors including software development, telecommunications, wireless networking as well as unmanned systems. Mr. Erdberg is a graduate of Florida International University with a B.A. in International Business.


Felicia A. Hess

Chief Operating Officer

As President of Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. (LTAS) since its inception in September 2009, Ms. Hess expanded her company’s impact on the lighter-than-air market through its tethered aerostat surveillance systems, which resulted in the company’s acquisition by Drone Aviation Holding Corp. in 2014. Prior to Drone, Ms. Hess served in a business development role for a financial services marketing company where she worked with some of the nation’s largest financial institutions. Ms. Hess is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications.


Kendall W. Carpenter, CPA, CGMA, CMA

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer

Kendall Carpenter joined the Company at inception in 2014 following its merger with MacroSolve, Inc. where she served as Executive Vice President and CFO for over six years. Ms. Carpenter's previous experience includes Division Controller with Allied Waste Industries (AW) and over 10 years' experience as top financial officer of an enterprise software company with an international customer base. She also has over 8 years of experience in public accounting. Ms. Carpenter graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University where she served as president of the OSU Flying Aggies and was captain of its competitive flying team. Ms. Carpenter holds the professional designations of Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.


Lieutenant General John E. Miller


Lieutenant General John E. Miller (Retired), is a decorated combat veteran who has served over 34 years in the US Army, most recently as the Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Army’s first digitized command and control system in a combat brigade. He is a former commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He also had multiple assignments at the US Army Command and General Staff College where help positions from Tactics Instructor to Commandant. While Commandant, he was concurrently responsible for 11 other Army Schools that provide tactical training and education for Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers.

After his retirement from active duty, LTG Miller was a regional Vice President for Oracle Corporation’s Public Sector Division and served as a Divisional President for L-3 Communication providing linguist, intelligence analyst and technical support for deployed forces in 13 countries.


David V. Aguilar


During a 35-year career at the U.S. Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection, Mr. Aguilar led our nation's largest federal law enforcement organization with a workforce of over 60,000 including 43,000 uniformed law enforcement officers. During his tenure as National Chief of the Border Patrol he developed the first US Border Strategy, doubled the size of the Border Patrol, and developed/instituted the Border Patrol's Infrastructure and Technology Program. Since retiring in February 2013, Aguilar has been a Principal at Global Security and Innovative Strategies ("GSIS"), a leading security consulting and business advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. At GSIS, David advises clients on a broad range of national homeland and international security matters including border security and logistics, global trade and commerce, supply chain management and security, risk management, viability assessments, and strategic planning and implementation.

Mr. Aguilar began his CBP career as a Border Patrol agent in 1978 and became Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol in 2004. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner in April 2010 and served as acting Commissioner from 2011 to March 2013. For his work and his career of service, Commissioner Aguilar received the Presidential Rank Award in 2008, the President's Meritorious Excellence Award in 2005, the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement Lifetime Achievement Award. During his tenure, Commissioner Aguilar focused on integrated border management, which includes securing our nation's border from all threats, while facilitating travel and trade. Following his retirement from the CBP, Mr. Aguilar co-founded GSIS where he focuses on the development of global risk management solutions related to supply chain security, customs compliance, and all issues related to border protection at and between international ports of entry.

Mr. Aguilar holds an associate degree in accounting from Laredo Community College and attended Laredo State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Tim Hoechst


Tim Hoechst has built a nearly 30-year career in Government Information Technology (IT) including holding senior leadership, technical strategy development and sales roles serving Federal government agencies. Mr. Hoechst most recently held the position of Chief Technology Officer at Accenture Federal Services (AFS), a leading IT solutions provider to the US Government. At AFS he was responsible for working with Government and industry leadership to identify and introduce new technologies to help the Federal Government with challenging IT problems.

Prior to AFS, he served as Chief Technology Officer of Agilex Technologies, an Information Technology consulting firm serving the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and various Government agencies. Agilex was acquired by AFS in 2015. Previous to Agilex, for nearly two decades, Mr. Hoechst held a number of senior executive positions at Oracle Corporation, including serving as Senior Vice President of the Public Sector Division.


Robert J. Guerra


Mr. Guerra is a highly-respected veteran in the Federal IT community whose nearly 50-year career includes senior executive management and sales roles at IT firms serving the Federal Government. He currently serves as President of Robert J. Guerra & Associates.

Mr. Guerra was Executive Vice President of Inpixon (formerly Sysorex Information Systems Inc.) where he oversaw the identification, account development, contract capture, and contract implementation aspects of the Company's Federal IT business and was a member of its board of advisors. Earlier, he served as Vice President of Strategic Programs at Falcon Micro Systems, a major provider of information technology solutions to Federal agencies and served as President of Everex Federal Systems Inc. He also held senior positions at Xerox Corporation and was President of Integrated Office Systems, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Federal Data Corporation (FDC).

On five occasions (1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, and 2003) Mr. Guerra was selected as one of Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 award recipients. He has also been selected as the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils (FGIPC) "Industry Executive of the Year" in 1997.

Mr. Guerra served as the founding President of the Bethesda/National Institutes of Health (NIH) chapter of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA), and now serves on its Advisory Committee. Mr. Guerra holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree concentrating in Finance, from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.


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