Unmanned Airship Flight Operations

Galaxy Unmanned Systems L.L.C. is a pioneer in unmanned airship flight operations. Prior to the 2007 FAA United States National Airspace System (US NAS) shutdown, Galaxy flew our 35ft, 60ft, 75ft and various other airships all over the U.S. The map below provides a look at a few places we have flown, including our reach beyond the United States.

This interactive Google map can be expanded to a larger map for easier navigation. Be sure to check out the descriptions for each location along with the attached pictures and videos! Bear in mind that digital technology was not cheap back then, so Galaxy didn’t always capture our adventures with the best quality video (especially when the operations were rugged or the mission objectives were not video-centric).

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Small Drone Visibility

This video of a small UAS nearly missing a helicopter does an excellent job of illustrating the inherent visibility issues of integrating small UAS into the US National Airspace (NAS), and highlights the real reason common sense procedures and airspace awareness are so important. You can see from the video the helicopter pilot had only seconds to identify the UAS as being in the flight path, and no time to actually course correct. Likewise, the UAS would have had to detect the helicopter from some distance, determine its heading, and adjust for collision avoidance (assuming autonomous flight). Continue reading “Small Drone Visibility”

Business Development life cycle for Unmanned Airships

Business development for the burgeoning drone industry requires more than just cold calling and generating interest. It is actually a fairly methodical process that involves:

  • Developing and/or adapting the product/platform
  • Identifying customers
  • Presenting opportunities to partners and stakeholders
  • Conducting cost analysis
  • Arranging demonstrations of services
  • Deriving/codifying/driving market value
  • Negotiating contracts
  • and finally, closing on the contracts

I have developed derivatives of this process specifically for this industry before there was an industry, and have a thorough understanding of the market, and how to identify, educate and secure new customers. What follows is a case study of this process in action. Continue reading “Business Development life cycle for Unmanned Airships”

Unmanned Airship Demo Videos

GUS logged a great deal of flight hours with our large 60ft prototype airship and our 75ft production model airship. Below you can download demo videos of each in action.

Click on the link above the image to download HD video (select “save as” in the pop-up box) , or click on the image to see a lower resolution version on YouTube

60ft Unmanned Airship NHRA
Demo Video (114mb)

75ft Unmanned Airship Capabilities
Demo Video (140mb)

Part Two: Spirit of Dallas

This article is the second part of a multi-part series, Part One: ‘The Path of the Spirit’ can be found at the following link: http://www.suasnews.com/2012/04/14724/galaxy-airships-flying-a-cineflex-in-2008/

Having conducted numerous flight trials at the Dallas Executive Airport, Galaxy Blimps LLC was ready to demonstrate for ESPN that they could provide a new and compelling video feed for their NHRA broadcast. This feed was to be “Goodyear Blimp”-like HD aerial video from points around the track, and was theoretically no different than other airship feed that had been provided by blimps in the past; with three major differences. Continue reading “Part Two: Spirit of Dallas”

Part One: The path of the spirit…

The year was 2008, and after almost a decade of escalating research and development two brothers were poised to launch a new platform for delivering high definition broadcast quality imagery utilizing a very old technology. The path to launching this Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) goes back much further than just these two brothers.

It actually started back in the days where the first Remote Control (RC) proportional transmitters began to replace the Dean’s reed systems RC transmitters back in the 60s. A man named Ted White looked to make his hobby a profession by contributing not only his RC piloting skills to manufacturers of these new radios, but to help produce them as well. Continue reading “Part One: The path of the spirit…”