Our low altitude testbed enables low altitude research projects to be carried out and allows applications to be tested prior to deployment at high altitude.

It is based on a 21m3 Helikite, a tethered balloon/kite hybrid which is capable of deployments up to 400m altitude.

Over the next few months we will be undertaking the following trials:

  • Wireless communications
    • Angle dependent propagation measurements
    • Physical layer network coding
  • Environmental monitoring for smart cities            
    • Leveraging York City Environmental Observatory activity
    • Plan to assess tree health in the city
    • Initial trials in the Scarcroft Road area of York
  • Urban pollution monitoring
    • Measurement of CO, CO2 NOx and particulates in dense urban areas
    • Trial in outskirts of Leeds


Helikite test, 13 March 2017

Contact us

David Grace, Director
Director, Centre for High Altitude Platform Applications
david.grace@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 322396

Contact us

David Grace, Director
Director, Centre for High Altitude Platform Applications
david.grace@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 322396