CNIM AIR SPACE PRESENTS: DIRIDRONE, THE LIGHTER-THAN-AIR DRONE

Since 2017, CNIM Air Space has been working with RTE (Le Réseau de Transport d’Electricité, the French electricity transmission system operator) to develop a drone airship dedicated to the inspection of high-voltage lines: Diridrone.

In October 2020, this lighter-than-air drone has achieved with success its first missions in real conditions of use, above the power lines. This success is a key step of the Diridrone project. The final goal of the Diridrone project for RTE is to facilitate and to automatize the maintenance of the power lines network over long distances.

In general, Diridrone is targeting surveillance and infrastructure inspection professionals looking for an airborne platform which is innovative, persistent and with low operational costs.

CNIM AIR SPACE

CNIM Air Space (formerly Airstar Aerospace) designs and manufactures tethered aerostats, stratospheric balloons, airships, thermal protections for satellites and leads tailor-made projects for its customers.

Our know-how is based on:

  • innovative flexible materials engineering
  • high technicality fabrics and films assembly
  • mechanical modelling of large deformations
  • equipped envelopes and flexible structures design
  • development of aerostat equipments: embedded electronics and mechatronics, complex wires, mechanical mooring systems, telemetry reception, inflation station…
  • payload integration: optronics, telecommunication, radar…
  • providing and training of all operating and maintenance services on balloons.

Relying on half a century of experience, CNIM Air Space (formerly Airstar Aerospace) highly values safety and the respect of the compliance of its systems with aviation regulations.

 

CNIM AIR SPACE PRODUCTS STRENGTHS

• Reliable
• Adaptable
• Multipurpose
• Persistent

PRODUCT RANGE

JOIN CNIM AIR SPACE

Join the CNIM Air Space (formerly Airstar Aerospace) team!

To know more about our job opportunities, and to send us your application, please visit CNIM Group career center (CNIM Air Space is a subsidiary of CNIM Group).

 

AMONG OUR REFERENCES

AIRBUS GROUP

THALES GROUP

FRENCH MoD (DGA)

CNES (CENTRE NATIONAL D’ÉTUDES SPATIALES)

CNRS (CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE)

OHB (ORBITALE HOCHTECHNOLOGIE BREMEN)

 

SSC  (SWEDISH SPACE CORPORATION)

ZERO 2 INFINITY

MÉTÉO FRANCE

CEA (COMMISSARIAT À L’ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ÉNERGIES ALTERNATIVES)

ZODIAC

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AIRSTAR AEROSPACE BECOMES CNIM AIR SPACE

Airstar Aerospace joined CNIM Group in March 2019, as a subsidiary affiliated to the Innovation and Systems sector.

We changed our corporate name, and became CNIM Air Space, to mark a new stage in the history of our company.