Space Airships provides aerial surveillance (cinematography) services with the following equipment: unmanned airships (A-60); unmanned airships (A-20); and tethered balloons (TB-30)
Aerial surveillance is particularly effective due to the mobility of these platforms over any kind of terrain.
A single aerial platform can be used simultaneously and with great effectiveness either on urban or rural areas for monitoring in the field of: public health; environment; urban planning; homeland security; and law enforcement.
In rural areas, especially in those with little infrastructure, aerial surveillance brings efficiency to the following activities:
Aerial surveillance can be also an effective tool to control seaside areas, ponds, fountains and parks, detecting illegal dumping, deforestation and leakage of pollutants, especially hydrocarbons and industrial waste.
In urban areas, government inspection is usually hampered due to landscape difficulties to be accessed by road, therefore limiting the effective range of public reach.
Routinely acquisition of aerial images from the same geographical points in those areas, and their frequent comparison by specific software, allows the quick identification and prioritization of areas in need of urgent attention of the Municipality.
A quick detection and penalty on unauthorized constructions, represents an important extra budget resource for the public agency.
In the coordination of major public events in cities, an aerial platform operating on behalf of police departments, can facilitate traffic coordination and crowd control, allowing as well a quick response in emergencies.
In the event of a catastrophe, flood or fire, an aerial platform can coordinate the work of emergency management agencies, adding valuable real time intelligence to the decision process.
On the law enforcement side, the collection and analysis of information, especially images, can significantly contribute to the police job and are essential for the establishment of coherent decisions at all stages of the crime prevention process.
Using a well know concept from the area of defense, surveillance of public venues is an important task to discourage crime. Prevention is still better than cure.
And prevention can be quite optimized through the use of aerial platforms, equipped with modern sensors and systems for recording and transmitting images.
For each type of monitoring, considering the terrain, climate, level of risk and geographic extent, there is a recommended type of platform and sensor.
Discretely or ostensibly, an aircraft is able to cover in detail and record very high resolution images of large areas. Its cameras can capture images, even in conditions of total darkness.
This allows, for example, that potential outbreaks of tropical endemic diseases were identified from the sky on a digital map geographically referenced and transferred online to the health departments, making it a powerful tool for planning teams to combat such problem.
Space Airships, with TLG, has been taking part of aerial surveillance programs for many years, such as: the control of air quality and early warning of forest fires in Los Angeles; mapping of landmines in Bosnia; control of whaling in North Sea fauna protection savanna in South Africa, and also monitoring of road traffic in urban Singapore.
In 2002, the technical staff of Space Airships created and conducted an experimental program of command and control to the Rio de Janeiro Police Department, "An Eye in the Sky", using an A-60 unmanned airship as the aerial platform, which allowed the acquisition of more than 1,000 hours of footage of criminal activities in several areas of the city.
This initiative was welcomed by international experts from a Discovery Channel show (Maximum Security) as one of the most effective and innovative action against crime of the year. The concept was copied successfully during the Athens Olympics in 2004 and lately adopted as a major homeland security program by U.S. government .
Five years later Space Airships, has developed an unmanned blimp, for use in health, public security, border patrol, civil defense, urban planning and environmental monitoring.
The model A-20 relies on advanced digital technology, can be operated over long distances and is now available in Rio de Janeiro.
This robotic airship, the A-20, received authorization for operation from Civil Aviation National Agency (ANAC) on February 28, 2008, after a complete technical certification process, involving several evaluation flights. This is one of the firsts non military unmanned aerial vehicle to receive official approval in the world.
Space has recently operated successfully a program of eight months of monitoring the construction of pipelines GASPAL Gasan II and II for Petrobras between the City of Sao Paulo and Santos, using the A-20.
Besides airships, Space has also developed a tethered balloon system (TB-30) as a cost-effective alternative to point surveillance, radio signal relay and oil spill detection.