Solutions: Aerostat/Blimps

There is growing demand for lighter than air, near space systems that can carry aloft wide-area communications, broadband, and sensing devices to meet the requirements of military and commercial customers for network connectivity and ready access to mission critical information. Aerostats, which are commonly referred to as blimps, play an important role in our nation’s rapid response communications infrastructure – from supporting climate research and natural disaster response to combating terrorism and providing deploy-able “eyes in the sky” for our military personnel in the field.

Rugged Controls provides aerostat monitoring hardware and data-logging software to several manufacturers involved with aerostat ground systems here in the United States.

Deployment Truck, aerostat winch monitoring

Rugged Controls was contacted by ITT to provide an upgrade to the existing Metrox winch monitoring system for truck mounted winches used to deploy Aerostats.

Lockheed Martin Aerostat / Blimp Winch Monitoring

Lockheed Martin has a 80-year heritage of providing lighter-than-air systems to the military.

aerostat winch monitoring, winch instrumentation

One of our long-time partners, Allied Power out of Beaverton, OR (, is using our LCI-90i smart display to view tension, speed, and payout...

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Rugged Controls is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of rugged programmable controllers, sensors, instrumentation, controls and automation equipment used in industries ranging from oil & gas, industrial, oceanographic to mining to construction. Our brand of multivariable controllers is continually selected in mission-critical applications where rugged durability, viewability, accuracy and data acquisition is required.

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