WHAT IS SKYFISH?
The complete system includes a lightweight kite, NASA developed controls and a ground-based electricity generator station that produces 2000 watts. The kite is controlled by 2 lines tethered to a base station and is steered in a high wind zone and ‘pulls’ on the generation system producing electricity as the lines are extended. Once fully extended, the kite is steered to low wind zones and the lines are reeled in until the cycle can repeat.
Market: The ‘off-grid’ market is the population living beyond the reach of infrastructure: the ‘wires’ that deliver electricity. Communities are not waiting for the wire infrastructure to arrive. They’re leapfrogging with new technology in off-grid solar/wind hybrid electricity systems. Here, SKYFISH is a perfect fit as it provides power at a lower cost than solar or traditional wind turbines. Our customers are change agents that are currently retailing off-grid solutions and include private enterprise, micro-distributors, aid agencies and community members.
Operations: SKYFISH will be packaged in kits with the final assembly completed in local African regions. Most components are ‘off-the-shelf’ and will be sourced from global suppliers. Not only are we powering off-grid communities with SKYFISH. STRATODYNAMICS is empowering the population by locating manufacturing inside SSA.
Measure of Efficiency: Since the wind energy kite can be operated at higher altitudes than tower-based wind turbines, it’s able to harness more wind energy. We expect the kite will operate at 100 m versus 18 m for an equivalent 2 kW tower-based wind turbine. As a result, SKYFISH’s capacity factor (measure of efficiency) will be higher than a similar sized wind turbine. Note, the unit’s performance will be proven during the product R&D phase.
Mission Statement: Stratodynamics is an innovative better world business focused on providing solutions that address the most pressing issues of our time. Environmental stewardship, climate change and working collaboratively with communities to address electricity needs in the emerging off-grid market in Africa and South Asia are the inspiration for our work with SKYFISH.
WHAT IS THE HiDRON?
The HiDRON is an unmanned glider utilizing NASA’s lightweight sensing and control technology with semi-autonomous flight capability. The glider is designed to operate in the stratosphere and provide weather monitoring data in real-time. Weighing less than 500 grams, the HiDRON is easily launched by weather balloon. Once the balloon bursts, it glides home and is redeployed.
The HiDRON saves client’s money and reduces environmental pollution.
LAUNCH * RETURN * REPEAT
The HiDRON is purpose-built for collecting weather monitoring data. Our addressable market is the US weather monitoring agencies which perform over 74,000 weather balloon launches per year (twice daily from 102 sites). Initial sale targets are 15% of the US market by year 3. Growth potential is in the $13 B environmental monitoring market including 400,000 weather balloon launches which occur annually (twice daily from 900 sites).
Competitive Analysis: Atmospheric monitoring (including weather monitoring) is currently performed by various technologies such as radiosondes, weather satellites, meteorological radar, and aircraft sensors. At altitudes between 10-30 km, technology gaps exist in atmospheric monitoring. UAVs are increasingly finding commercial applications; however, no one is routinely performing atmospheric monitoring in the stratosphere.
Business Model: The HiDRON will be leased to regional weather monitoring agencies. The lease cost will be equal to or lower than the current radiosonde cost. This allows the agencies to operate without impact to their core functions or budget. No additional staff or resources are required to operate the UAV program. Stratodynamics will coordinate the retrieval, re-calibration and redeployment of equipment. In doing this, Stratodynamics develops expertise in high-altitude aeronautics, avionics, communications, tracking and micro-sensors. Growth opportunities in the $13 Billion global sensing and monitoring market include climate change monitoring, observation of various phenomena such as clouds, extreme weather, air pollution and sea ice.
Mission Statement: Stratodynamics is a better world business focused on addressing the most pressing issues of our time. Our response to climate change is the inspiration for the HiDRON unmanned semi-autonomous glider.