Pioneering Achievements

A Legacy of Aerostat Innovation:

The name TCOM is synonymous with the aerostat and with airborne persistent surveillance. Over the past 40 years, TCOM engineers have introduced countless innovations including advanced materials, clean room construction, modern payload integration techniques, reliable ground based power systems and simplified ground control equipment. Our ongoing advancements continue to revolutionize LTA system design and manufacturing techniques. TCOM aerostats are the standard to which all others aspire. Here are just a few reasons why:

Pioneering Achievements:

  • First to use laminate materials for aerostat fabrics
  • First fiber-optic powered tether system
  • First tether to double as LF communications antenna
  • First aerostat provider to offer customized payloads and mooring systems
  • First lightning protection systems for tethered aerostats
  • First fully integrated modular mooring system
  • First modern aerostat system to broadcast radio and TV
  • First aerostat to carry electronic payloads for US-allied foreign nations
  • First sea-based aerostat system
  • First aerostat system to remain deployed for missions of 30 days or longer
  • First aerostat in theater supporting both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom
  • First and only company to deploy an aerostat at an altitude of 20,000 feet above ground station
  • Produced largest aerostat ever in operation
  • Longest ongoing aerostat surveillance operations

Tradition of Performance:

From the shores of the Adriatic to the glaciers of the Arctic, from conflict zones of the Middle East to the border regions of the United States, TCOM airborne persistent surveillance solutions provide actionable intelligence from an elevated perspective. Our surveillance systems have served as vital components in applications as disparate as television and radio broadcasting, drug traffic interdiction, illegal immigration prevention, communications intelligence, air defense surveillance, electronic intelligence, troop and vehicle monitoring, and insurgent detection.

TCOM persistent surveillance systems can be customized for deployment over air, land or sea. The complete systems provide total domain awareness, improving mission effectiveness and efficiency. In every environment, TCOM systems provide mission-critical details in time for decision makers to take appropriate action.

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