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Manned Airborne Real-time Surveillance & Observation system

THE MARSO SYSTEM is a versatile surveillance system for a large class of missions ranging from large area ship detection via side-looking radar to vehicle tracking via optical and infrared video stream. Operating up to 200 km away from ground station, data can be downlinked in real-time. The system is operated efficiently from a relocatable/mobile base with minimum infrastructure requirements. Integration in existing surveillance system is supported by modular, standardized architecture.


have joined their knowledge and experience to create an efficient and affordable manned, airborne observation and surveillance system:

  • Mission adaptable = Comprehensive equipment
  • Economic = Low initial, operations and maintenance cost, Minimum staff
  • Mobile/Relocatable = Compact, via trailer/container, on land or water
  • All-weather = Temperature and wind resistant, day and night observation
  • Minimum infrastructure requirements = No fixed base, Minimum ground staff, Single pilot
  • Airborne = Bird view over wide area
  • Manned = Legal and safe to fly in any airspace
  • Gyrocopter = Most suitable aircraft characteristics for observation and surveillance missions
  • Safe = No stall, Reliable systems, Anti-explosion tanks, Single pilot operation, armoured version available • Glass cockpit = Full instrumentation including warning systems and black box
  • Wide-swath = Large areal coverage (40 km swath-width)
  • Image quality = Constant over swath, Large dynamic range
  • Detecting the invisible = Day, night, behind clouds and through fog detection • Modes = Ship and oil spill detection
  • Four-axis-gyro-stabilized = Excellent, vibration free images
  • Full motion = 360° continuous horizontal rotation and 120° vertical tilt
  • Fully equipped = HD video 30 x zoom, IR sensor, Laser range finder, Object tracking
  • Multi-control input = Remote operation via link, back seat operator or pilot controls
  • Long range = 200 km line of sight communication for radar, gimbal, drone and voice
  • Remote control = Operating the airborne gimbal and the radar from the ground station over 200 km
  • Ground station = Featuring real-time monitors, recorders and remote controls
  • Exploitation = Live video exploitation and off-line high quality radar processing
  • Annotation and Situation awareness management
  • Flexible = Fixed base or mobile/relocatable ground station in truck/container


TRIXYEYE platform is a certified two-seat very light gyrocopter developed by TRIXY AVIATION for professional use. Trixy Aviation is a certified aviation company based on EASA guide rules. Fields of appli- cation for TrixyEye are:

TRIXYEYE is a very economical and yet very capable aircraft designed to carry equipment and master various missions:

Gimbal:  SKYEYE 2X-3

MARSO is equipped with a 4-axis Gyro-stabilized SkyEye 2X-3 gimbal successfully developed for stand- ard integration by Peiport. Peiport Industries Limited is a leading developer of observation and surveil- lance equipment based in Hong Kong with large manufacturing facilities in China.

Radar system: RST WSMS-S

The RST WSMS-S is a Side-looking Imaging Radar designed for fast coverage of huge areas – up to 4000 sq. km/hour. It allows operation in Day/Night- and All-Weather/Fog-conditions. RST is highly spe- cialised German/Swiss enterprise in the field of Spaceborne, Airborne and Ground Based Radars.

Key features of the WSMS-S Radar are:

  • On-board real-time SAR Processing

  • Swath width up to 40 km (depending on resolution)

  • Single Side looking SAR imaging – selectable left or right side

  • Oil detection mode (detecting oil on water surface)

  • Ship detection mode (high resolution)

  • Provision of real time SAR online images for down-link operation

  • Real-time SAR image Display in aircraft and on ground

  • Data recording for high-end post-Processing

  • Fast coverage of large areas (up to 5000 sq. km/hour)

  • Small antenna and low output power

The RST WSMS-S Radar supports maritime missions:

  • Traffic control

  • Oil spill detection

  • Illegal immigration

  • Illegal fishing

  • Smuggle

  • Debris detection

  • Maritime search and rescue

As well as land missions:

  • Border surveillance

  • Disaster management

  • Illegal mining

  • Illegal deforestation

  • Enviroment monitoring

  • Area evaluation

Satellite Drone

The very slow flying capability of the gyrocopter and the fact that its rotor does not create “down-wash” make it possible to carry and deploy drones during a mission flight far away from the operation base or the ground station. MARSO is able to carry up to four Satellite Drones. They are mounted underneath the gyrocopter and can be deployed one at a time in special missions to obtain close-up images

  • Operated by drone-pilot from rear seat

  • Gyrocopter circles in save distance

  • Visual contact (up to 2 km) allows legal operation in most civil air space

  • Drone image recording and transmission to ground station

  • Drones are not recovered in flight but can be landed safely

Data management:  THE UP/DOWN LINK

The M4Com COFDM Datalink provides a configurable transceiver solution for airborne and ground oper- ations. M4Com is a German company involved in the development of challenging solutions for geo-data visualisation, distribution and processing in dispersed environments. The intended use is the provision of a configurable broadband down- and uplink, to send and receive video, IP streams and control data. It pro- vides the capabilities to control EO/IR sensor gimbals, radar or other data acquisition sensors with ultra-low latency. It is also capable of encoding and transmission of multiple full-HD video streams in parallel to other sensor data sources with a data rate up to 31 Mbps.

For the most flexible adaptation to customer requirements, there are different stackable options like ultra-low delay video-view to sensor-control (“glass-to-glass”) or high efficient encoding through low bandwidth.

The internal datalink management provides configurable and automatic settings like “on the fly range ver- sus bandwidth adaption”. The RF frontends contain a Software Defined Radio (SDR) for a frequency change within a defined range by software configuration. The spectral bandwidth occupied is 5 to 8 MHz.

The Transmission range under optimal conditions and dependent on data rate is more than 200 km (108 NM).

  • Multi-user capability with access to a central- and external databases
  • Scalable from a portable single-user system up to a multi-user capable exploitation center
  • Connectable to geospatial agencies using inter- national standards
  • Open Architecture extendable using a plugin con- cept
  • Create, overlay and manage annotation layers
  • Various flexible and standard annotations and symbols
  • Create, edit and manage situation and task information
  • Seamless transition between live and historic video data
  • Frame accurate positioning in all video streams of any size
  • High-precision geospatial reference for slanted imagery
  • Synchronous video- and image/map display with automated scroll and orientation
  • Lossless and highly efficient video clipping func- tions
  • Generation of geo-referenced still images using drag-and-drop
  • Support for institutional and national tasking pro- cedures
  • Supportforvariousdatasources(VIDIS,Data bases)
  • Geospatial and time based query capabilities in all sources including the visualization of the results on a map
  • Consistent support of geodetic standards
  • Chat and group chat
  • Exchange various geographical information objects using point-and-click / drag-and-drop
  • Dynamic reporting
  • Various report formats
  • Export video clips and markers
  • Export of images and still video frames