After establishing a name as a world leader in the development of unmanned
drones, Israeli companies are expanding to a new field – tethered hovering
Earlier this month, a new Israeli company called Sky Sapience
unveiled the Hovermast, an unmanned platform that can hover in one place for
extended periods and provide real-time surveillance.
Equipped with four
thrusters and a central fan for lift and stabilization, the Hovermast lands
without additional recovery systems and comes packed into a small container that
can be installed on the roof of a vehicle.
With the push of a button, the
container opens, and HoverMast extends up to 50 meters high within 15
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Gabriel Shachor, a former senior officer in
the air force, together with a group of engineers, founded Sky Sapience. It
works with another Israeli company called Controp, which manufactures
high-quality sensors that can be installed on the Hovermast for various
Shachor said Hovermast was unique in that even people who were
not trained to operate unmanned aerial vehicles could use it easily. The system
is suitable for border control and security of sensitive installations, he
“Anyone can use the system and receive immediate surveillance, all
with the press of a button,” he said, adding that the Hovermast could receive
its power directly from the vehicle – meaning that as long as the vehicle has
fuel and is running, the Hovermast will work.
The introduction of the new
device comes a few months after Israel Aerospace Industries revealed the
Electric Tethered Observation Platform (ETOP), a similar hovering unmanned
The ETOP is slightly larger than the Hovermast and can carry a
payload of about 20 kg. in comparison to the Hovermast’s 9 kg.