Tethered drone tech approved by FAA for broadcasting and security at the Super Bowl


Elistair tethered drones were approved by the FAA for the 53rd Super Bowl last weekend.

Used by CNN for broadcasting and Unified Command for security, the micro-tether allowed the drones to fly for several hours without the need to charge the batteries.

Despite the strict no drone zone announced by the FAA, CNN obtained one of the few approvals to fly their drone for live broadcast, tethered to an Elistair Ligh-T.

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The tethered drone setup was a DJI M200 drone with an Elistair Light-T and was operated by Vector Aerial.

The system was strategically set on the rooftop of the CNN building facing the Mercedes Benz Stadium and operated at a height of 45 meters above the rooftop.

Unified Command teams appointed by the NFL also tethered a DJI M200 with an Elistair Ligh-T station to have access to continuous aerial surveillance of the event.

The company, which focuses on large public event security, set up its drone on a rooftop in close proximity to the stadium.

The drone, which accumulated 10 hours of flight during the Superbowl and 14 hours in total over the 2 days, provided Unified Command and the NFL control posts with live images of the crowd movements in and around the stadium.

Guilhem de Marliave, Elistair CEO, said: “We are extremely proud of this achievement; our tethered drones have again been proven as a safe surveillance capability for large event security and broadcast applications. After the Ryder Cup 2018 and the recent Peace Forum in Paris, the 53rd Super Bowl is a great opportunity to demonstrate the efficiency and safety of our systems in these environments.”

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