Onward Technologies, llc

Onward Aerostats

  • Provide high-density telecom/broadband services, with a service area of up to an 80 Km in Diameter fixed wireless service area and up to a 30 Km Diameter for mobile service area
  • Our telecom networks will employ custom-sized aerostats operating between 300 to 1500 meters altitude
  • Provide wireless Internet Connectivity to schools, residences, and offices with up to 20 Mbps per user with a Customer Premise Equipment (CPE)
  • Provide 3G, 4G or 5G services directly to fixed or mobile users
  • Provide Surveillance and Security services

Why Onward's Aerostats?

  • Two most critical factors that previously prevented aerostats as telecom infrastructure were low flight duration caused by unpredictable variations in wind speed and depletion of lift gas.
  • Onward's aerostat operational enhancement system capabilities have eliminated these deficiencies.
  • Onward Wind Tolerance System (OWTS) enables an aerostat to maintain its operational integrity in stronger winds, equating to greater and constant service availability.
  • Onward Helium Replenishment System (OHRS) supports constant telecom services 24x7 for up to six months between scheduled maintenance.

Onward Helium Replenishment System (OHRS) Patents

  • Long Mission Tethered Aerostat and Method of Accomplishing
    US Patent 7,708,222 Issued May 4, 2010
  • Slip Ring and Double Slip Ring
    US Patent 8,083,174 Issued December 27, 2011
  • Method of Providing a Long Duration Tethered Aerostat
    US Patent 8,485,465 Issued July 16, 2013
  • Helium Replenishment Tether
    US Patent 9,708,049 Issued July 18, 2017

Onward Wind Tolerance Systems (OWTS)

OWTS consists of a dynamic adaptive harness to stabilize tethered aerostats by controlling angle of flight within a stability zone geometric suspension control system. More particularly, the inventions relate to the application of an adaptive adjustable cable harness with a flight angle control cable winch and/or a canard sail connected to the aerostat and flight angle control cables alone or together with a lift gas replenishment system to provide dynamic adaptability to high wind conditions for long term flight.

Onward Wind Tolerance System (OWTS) Patents

  • Adaptive Harness to Stabilize Aerostats In High Winds and Method

Filed October 9, 2018
Utility Patent (Active Control)
US # 16/155852

  • Aerostat Canard

Filed October 9, 2018
Design Patent (Passive Control)
US #29/651594

Passive Canard Bridle Stabilization

For low winds, the canard sail is not pushed back by the wind. Hence the front bridles keep the canard in the up position.

For high winds, the canard sail is pushed back strongly by the wind until it is pressed hard against the lower front envelop skin. This pulls the fore bridles all the way up to bring the Tether Attach Point (TAP) further to the fore and closer to the fore bottom section of the hull skin.

Aerostat Flight Angle Stability Challenge

The force center (CBM) or center of mass and buoyancy of an operating aerostat must stay in line with the Tether Attach Point (TAP) to maintain a level flight angle or within a geometrical polygon defined by the number of support cables in order to maintain survivability in high wind conditions.


Keeping TAP at or near the centerline of CBM and within a stability zone is only possible with an aerostat integrated with OWTS operating the geometric suspension control system by changing tension and length of harness cables in relation to TAP.

  • Active- motorized winches can move TAP toward the nose of the aerostat to reduce its angle of flight and keep the TAP in alignment with the CBM in the stability zone in the geometric suspension control system.
  • Passive- canard sail on the front or between front cables will use the wind to increase tension on the front cables by moving the front cables and canard sail upward toward the bottom and keeping the TAP angle in alignment with the front cables CBM.