Unlike a free flying drone or stadium-sized, fixed aerostat platform, the highly mobile BiB-100 aerostat system utilizes a high strength, power tether line to remain connected to an integrated trailer where secure communications are transmitted. The commercial BiB systems are designed to provide incident awareness and assessment and can be used to monitor illegal activity, identify and monitor traffic patterns, or provide disaster response in a secure manner without the risk of being intercepted or jammed. The compact design allows the BiB-100 to be mounted in a self-contained, high strength "box", which is mounted to a standard trailer and can be towed by standard commercial vehicles or light trucks.
The BiB aerostat systems are a cost effective aerial platform utilizing a unique tethering technology making it able to safely operate in the National Airspace in compliance with FAA regulations. Military versions of the BiB aerostat systems are intended to provide semi-persistent, mobile, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance ("ISR") as well as extend communications for troops. The BiB aerostat systems are designed to provide real-time, day/night, high definition footage for ISR, detection of activity, improvised explosive devices, border security and other governmental and civilian uses.
Drone Aviation Corp. completed the initial delivery of a Blimp in a Box 100 (BiB-100) system to the State of Ohio Department of Transportation ("ODOT"). Immediately following the delivery, a demonstration of the BiB-100 was conducted for over fifty State officials from various departments including, Corrections, Agriculture and the Ohio State Air National Guard. Additionally, the customer awarded DAC further purchase orders for a highly advanced electro-optical /infrared sensor payload and advanced aerial imaging and mapping equipment, all of which all work in conjunction with the BiB-100.
Drone Aviation Holding Corp. CEO, Felicia Hess, stated, "With the delivery of the BiB-100 to the ODOT and the successful demonstration to State officials, we now can plan to commence training and live exercises that will demonstrate how effective the BiB can be for State and local departments requiring an aerial asset to provide persistent coverage over an area of interest. The ODOT required a cost-effective, reliable solution to meet the requirements of its mission and the ODOT found that in the BiB-100, as opposed to the danger and restrictions on free flying drones and the expense of manned small airplanes and helicopters. We are excited about working with our customer and supporting them as they integrate the BiB-100 into their workforce."