STARA’s Flexible Area Surveillance Technology Network (FASTNET) system is comprised of an Aerostat, Ground Surveillance Tower System (GSTS), Ground Control Station (GCS), and Vehicle Mounted Surveillance System (VMSS) with integrated sensor systems and software that is capable of providing customers with surveillance coverage. As part of the FASTNET system STARA provides operator training to the customer operators that includes system set up, operation, maintenance, and tear down, in addition to providing system user manuals, performance specifications, and follow-up training support.
STARA shall provide a FASTNET system power supply system that will be capable of powering the GSTS with shore power, diesel generator, battery bank, and/or optional solar power supply system.
The FASTNET system includes an Aerostat Subsystem composed of a lighter-than-air aerostat, a Mobile Mooring Platform (MMP), a Full-Motion Video (FMV) camera, a Gondola (the interface to all sensor payloads), a GCS, and a communications system that will be capable of distributing system ISR data.
The FASTNET system includes a GSTS Subsystem that is composed of a telescoping tower with an integrated visual, infrared (IR) and radar sensor suite mounted on a mobile trailer that is capable of gathering surveillance data and transmitting it to a GCS. GSTS control electronics will be attached to the tower and will be capable of providing offsite monitoring and control of sensor images and monitoring critical system parameters.
The FASTNET system includes a GCS subsystem containing the systems and controls that interface with the Aerostat and GSTS sensors and which is the location where the FASTNET system operators monitor the information gathered. The GCS is a modified storage container with two (2) climate controlled rooms, an operator work area and a server room. The operator work area will have three (3) workstations. The GCS uses the communications subsystem to communicate with the Aerostat’s Gondola and sensors.
The Vehicle Mounted Surveillance System is a rapid-response multi-sensor payload mast system that supports persistent wide-area surveillance operations from a vehicle. The VMSS can operate in a range of conditions from off-road conditions to congested urban environments allowing operators to quickly establish “overwatch” and relocate as the situation changes. The system elevates a customized payload including EO/IR cameras, radar sensors, and equipment up to 32 feet above a vehicle.
VMSS command and control displays and operating equipment is located in the vehicle cabin.
The FASTNET system provides customers with 360-degree situational awareness through full-motion video in day, night, or low light conditions and serves as an integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) system that provides the customer with persistent “overwatch,” threat detection, and alerting.
The FASTNET system can be deployed and retrieved for maintenance, severe weather, and location changes.
This diverse system provides multiple levels of surveillance from a sky high point of view to on the ground mobile tracking allowing operators to adapt to situations and maintain coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does it Work?
A: The Aerostat is deployed to provide a long term, high altitude, long range line of sight to the sensors mounted on the gondola. The Aerostat sensors are controlled by, and send information to, the GCS. The GCS houses up to three (3) operators and the command and control equipment for the Aerostat sensors and GSTS. The GSTS is re-deployable and is set up at locations that require on the ground, extended line of sight monitoring. The VMSS moves around the coverage area and monitors the locations inaccessible to the Aerostat and GSTS and provides a closer view, more mobile, short-term surveillance capability.
As part of the FASTNET system STARA provides operator training to the customer operators that includes system set up, operation, maintenance, and tear down. STARA also provides system user manuals, performance specifications, and follow-up training support.
Q: Where can it be deployed?
A: The FASTNET system can be deployed CONUS and/or OCONUS.
Q: Who can use FASTNET?
A: Small to large commercial companies and Government Agencies that require situational awareness with a proven solution.
Q: When was it developed/deployed?
A: FASTNET was developed to support US Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in Afghanistan.
Q: When can you get one?
A: STARA can begin customized FASTNET production as soon as contract agreements are reached and permits (if required) are acquired. The FASTNET system can be manufactured within six (6) weeks from time of material procurement completion.