Thursday, February 23, 2012

HoverMast, Sky Sapience’s Autonomous Hovering Platform Makes Debut

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Feb 23, 2012

Israel’s Sky Sapience, an expert in autonomous hovering machine technology, launched its HoverMast, tethered hovering platform specially designed for small vehicles. The HoverMast will be displayed at the upcoming AUVSI conference and exhibition in Tel-Aviv.
The HoverMast is due to enter full scale production in Q3 2012.

The HoverMast responds to the need for quick, mobile intelligence gathering.  At the click of a button, the system autonomously deploys, rising to heights of up to 50 meters within 10-15 seconds. Secured by a cable, serving as a power supply and wideband data link, the highly stabilized HoverMast combines advanced flight algorithms and innovative materials to provide the highest payload-to-size ratio available today. Weighing only 10 kg, the platform is capable of hosting 9 kg payloads, such as electro-optic sensors, laser designators, radar, and sophisticated COMINT and ELINT systems. Its data link enables the transfer of critical data to selected recipients in real time.  

The HoverMast is stored in a compact housing unit that can be mounted on any vehicle; small vehicles in particular: cars, pick-up trucks, unmanned ground or surface vehicles (UGV/USV), ATVs, and small naval craft; making the system especially suited for Special Forces, border and port protection, and infantry missions. 

Since the HoverMast is tethered, it is not bound by standard air control regulations; extremely useful for urban activities: urban warfare and law enforcement, as well as industrial, civilian and homeland security operations. 

Brig. Gen (Res.) Gabriel Shachor, CEO and Founder of Sky Sapience said: “Sky Sapience was chosen by MAFAT, the IMOD’s research and development agency, as its sole developer of tethered platform technologies. As such, we are confident that the HoverMast will prove invaluable to both military and civilian forces, vastly improving their observation and intelligence capabilities.”

It will make its first ever public appearance at the AUVSI International Conference and Exhibition in Tel-Aviv next month.

Sky Sapience founded by Brig. Gen (Res.) Gabriel Shachor, Shy Cohen and Ronen Keidar in 2010, is located in Yokneam, Israel. Its dedicated team members are experts in the fields of aeronautics, robotics, computer programming, electronics, and business management. As its flagship product, the HoverMast, a stabilized tethered platform, leads the way in these technologies, with three other products currently in development. Sky Sapience has strategic partnerships with MAFAT - the IMOD research and development agency and G-NIUS Unmanned Ground Systems Ltd.


  1. Aircraft like this was invented in Lithuania. Application LT2012007 “Method of controlling a helicopter with six or more rotors”:

  2. This type of an aircraft was invented in Lithuania. Application number LT2012007. Quote: The invention makes it possible to increase the load capacity and improve the
    manageability of light helicopters with six or more carrying rotors. The effect is achieved by
    using different rotors to create a thrust and to carry out maneuvers. The average speed of the
    rotors’ rotation, providing maneuverability, does not decrease during flight. The diameter and
    mass of the rotors providing maneuverability is restricted in order to decrease the inertia. The
    invention is applicable for light flying devices where it makes economic sense to use rotors with a fixed pitch angle.