Posted on 31 August 2021
On 17 August 2021 Yi Chu, Josh Shackleton, David Grace and the technical team led by Andy White carried out a test flight of the 21 m3 Helikite with an upgraded payload on York’s West Campus rugby pitch. The Helikite payload carries an open-source LTE base station which is able to provide 4G coverage for over 200 meters. The payload also incorporates a GoPro MAX action camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal to live stream the video footage to external social media platforms. Future plans have been made to operate the private LTE/5G network from the Helikite to provide temporary coverage for The Forbidden Corner as part of the MANY project.