Cost-effective tethered airborne platforms | Innovative autonomous flight control


Altaeros’ mission is to deliver the next generation of infrastructure to rural and isolated communities. We’ve developed a tethered aerial platform that can be used for a range of applications in energy, telecom, and agriculture. Our first commercial product, the SuperTower, delivers high-speed mobile broadband to hard-to-reach rural communities around the world. Deploying one SuperTower provides coverage equivalent to 30 conventional cell towers and saves significant energy costs. Our patented technology uses flight control innovations to eliminate the need for manpower to constantly monitor and operate the airborne platforms, drastically lowering the cost to deploy our systems.

Altaeros was founded at MIT in 2010 and has raised funding from SoftBank Group Corp., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Suhail Bahwan Group and Ratan N. Tata, and has received technology development grants from, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation. The company operates out of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology incubator in the U.S., located in Somerville, Massachusetts.