Winch Aerostat Small Platform

WASP Lite uses the proven fieldability of our larger WASP Aerostat System and offers a smaller footprint for expeditionary missions. WASP Lite can fit in the back of a pickup truck, or on a boat or UTV. WASP Lite is highly mobile. It can be relocated while deployed or moored at speeds up to 40 mph.


Operational Description

  • Ability to operate from pickup truck, boat, UTV, and similar platforms
  • 36+ hours continuous flight
  • Fiber optic tether compatible
  • Single operator (weather permitting)
  • 15 minute setup
  • Silent operation
  • Variable speed control of winch with remote operation available
  • Highly mobile: move while deployed or moored, up to 40mph
  • Wide range of payloads: ISR, communications, SIGINT
  • Operates from batteries as primary power, re-charge batteries with small generator
  • Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)


  • Envelope Diameter: 13-17 feet
  • Lifting Gas: Helium (non-flammable, supplied from Helium bay)
  • Payload Lift Capacity: 15 to 35 lbs. (single ply aerostat models K13 through K17)
  • Flight Altitude: Up to 1,000 ft AGL
  • Launch Altitude: Up to 6000 ft MSL
  • Human detection range 5.5 miles with DAC 350 payload
  • Communications range extension 40+ miles
  • Power: Batteries as primary, Charge from universal AC source and host vehicle DC voltage (NATO slave)
  • Includes Flight Termination System (FTS)

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