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Columbia Aerostat Winch for Balloon Launch and Recovery

Columbia Aerostat Winch for Balloon Launch and Recovery

Application: Custom aerostat winch to launch and recover aerostat surveillance balloons
Customer: Near Space Systems, Inc.
Location: Peyton, Colorado
Hoist Model: Columbia EHS-5-43D
Special Features: 

  • Variable speed payout and recovery via proportional joystick controls.
  • A digital measurement package with line speed / distance / tension readouts and programmable alarms.
  • A proprietary AutoAdvance Line Spoolers with a bull’s-eye fairlead for unidirectional spooling of cable.

Line Pull: 5,500 pounds
Line Speed: Up to 115 feet per minute
Cable Capacity: This unit can store up to 4,400 feet X 1/2″ diameter fiber optic cable.
Power Source: 40 HP diesel generator with sound attenuating enclosure.
Self-contained Aerostat Winch

Why APPI:  This self-contained aerostat winch system features one of APPI’s proprietary AutoAdvance Line Spoolers with a bull’s-eye fairlead to allow launch and recovery of the aerostat in any direction while maintaining proper spooling of the cable.  As the aerostat supports a communication platform, the system’s ability to support precision launching and recovery is a key feature.

The EHS-5-43D hoist system is powered by a 40 HP diesel generator with sound attenuating enclosure.  Features of the aerostat winch system include variable speed payout and recovery via proportional joystick controls.  A digital measurement package with line speed, distance, and line tension readouts, along with programmable alarms, allow for ease of use and additional operator safety.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this particular Aerostat winch system or any of our other products and services.


Allied Power Products, Inc. has specialized in providing winches, hoists, capstans, and cranes to meet our customers’ specific application requirements for more than 30 years.

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