Altaeros reported its SuperTowers, tethered unmanned blimps, provide site-wide Wi-Fi coverage and universal line of sight access. For a large open-pit operation, one or two SuperTowers can provide a network comparable to that created by a series of small transmitter towers, the supplier reported.
The blimps can support privet LTE networks with a range of up to 25 miles. They can be used to generate the connectivity needed to support autonomous mining equipment, Altaeros reported.
The SuperTowers are autonomous, with launch, operation and landing all executed without the need for a full-time ground crew. The base for the ST-Flex blimp can be towed by a standard pickup truck.