Hoverfly Wins $10M Government Contract for Tethered Drones


Orlando, Fla.-based Hoverfly Technologies Inc., manufacturer of the LiveSky tethered drone, has been awarded a $10 million sole-source contract by a U.S. government agency.

LiveSky provides aerial monitoring and communications relay solutions for national defense, intelligence and homeland security customers.

The sole-source contract has an initial ceiling value of $10 million and a five-year period of performance, including four one-year options. Hoverfly will deliver both the LiveSky Dismounted and LiveSky SkyBox configurations, as well as installation, training and support services. Deliveries to the U.S. government under the new federal contract begin in November.

The LiveSky delivers full-motion, 24-hour video using Hoverfly’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor payload. LiveSky provides four simultaneous full-motion video streams that can be viewed locally, over networks, or by operators with mobile devices using the tactical awareness kit. LiveSky also provides communication relay solutions using Persistent Systems WaveRelay, Silvus, TrellisWare, goTenna and other tactical radios.

“Hoverfly is honored to have been selected to provide U.S. government operators with enhanced situational awareness, force protection and communications relay capability in this lightweight, low-power and rapidly deployable solution,” says Rob Topping, CEO of Hoverfly. “This important new technology means that our customers can reduce the user burden and operational complexity of aerostats, plus get enhanced mobility when compared to fixed and heavy telescoping mast-based systems.”

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