A tethered drone or tethered UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is a drone connected to a ground station with a physical and secure tether which provides power and data. This emerging category of drones offers added benefits and opens new applications and uses for drone operators.
A tether is a simple but powerful way of solving a drones main weaknesses: battery life. Elistair’s patented micro-tether technology enables unlimited autonomy, safer operations and secured high speed data transfer.
Our stations are compatible with over 20 types of commercially available drones and can be adapted to allow integration. Please send us an email with your drone specs and we will be happy to advise you.
It depends on the country you are operating in. In some countries, a tethered drone is not classified as a drone as it is physically secured to an anchor point and can therefore be used freely. In other cases, tethered drones benefit from less restrictive legislation or waivers. Please refer to the civil aviation laws of your country to ensure you are flying in compliance with them.
Loss of ground power automatically activates an embedded safety device which in turn activates the safety battery whilst alerting the user via an audible alarm. With around a 2 minute flight time, the operator can safely land the drone.