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Tethered Aircraft Systems

Tethered Aircraft Systems

Zenith AeroTech, a fully owned subsidiary of ZQC, develops and manufactures tethered aircraft systems (TAS)  for industrial, civil, and military applications.

Zenith AeroTech engages in research, development, design, and manufacturing of complete TAS, and tailors them for application to a variety of tasks within and across industries. Zenith AeroTech incorporates the latest technology into its products, on account of its own pioneering research and its attention to new developments internationally. The company also provides full-service technical support, maintenance, and training in the use of its products.

Design and Manufacturing

Zenith AeroTech’s design and manufacturing-material and -process competencies include the following:

  • Carbon fiber, glass fiber, and thermoset plastics
  • Thermoplastics
  • Metal machining
  • Custom parts, components, and systems design
  • Engineering analysis (e.g., mechanical, electromagnetic, heat transfer etc.)
  • Precise and high-reliability manufacturing
  • Land, naval, and air applications


Utilizing proprietary software and payloads, Zenith AeroTech tailors its TAS products for a variety of imaging and measuring applications:

  • Land and field analysis
  • Crop monitoring
  • Health assessment
  • Oil and gas leakage control
  • Solar power plant panel observation
  • Pipeline control
  • Upper structure observation
  • Structure inspection
  • Survey
  • Planning
  • Reporting
  • Stockpile measurement
  • Security
  • Surveillance and reclamation
  • Security
  • Search and rescue
  • 2-D and 3-D mapping
  • Pre-construction critical mapping
  • Volumetric measurements
  • Stockpile management
  • Reducing security inspection risks

Product Solutions

Zenith AeroTech’s signature offering is a small multirotor and tethered aerial vehicle (TAV), which is built to order and tailorable to a variety of applications:

  • Electro-optical and infrared video support of firefighting and search and rescue operations
  • Provision of WiFi and cellular service during events and emergencies
  • Surveillance and alerting during force protection and border enforcement actions
  • Media outlet coverage of public assemblies, law enforcement actions, and sporting events

TAV payload options are wide-ranging, and include electro-optical devices with 30x zoom, long-range thermal sensors, wide-area lighting modules, laser designators, and counter-drone detection and jamming devices.

These systems are easy to transport by vehicle in their standard two-case configuration, and deployable in minutes as a simple integration of a ground power unit and a tethered TAV. Our largest TAV can sustain 19 pounds of payload, and all models will dwell indefinitely over your target area at elevations up to 500 feet. Further, a short-duration TAV free flight capability enables you to drop your tether and explore farther distant items of interest. For more information, click here to download our flyer.