Water quality monitoring balloon missions

Balloons as imagined by BWI are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) specifically designed to monitor the water quality of lakes, dams, ponds and rivers of sub-basins (via tethered atmospheric balloons) or of watersheds at country scale, or of cross-border river basins (via stratospheric geostationary balloons, availability in 2027).

Specialized water quality inspection UAV system 

A fully-fledged tethered atmospheric balloon mission

The platform comes pre-equipped with optical and thermal payloads, as well as communication means allowing the transmission of images to the ground segment responsible for applying the necessary algorithmic processing to produce detection services selected for monitoring the quality of your inland water bodies.

Water quality tethered balloons are easy to deploy

Tethered atmospheric balloons designed for water quality monitoring can be easily maneuvered by a trained technician, called an aeronaut (or aérostier as in French).  

No administrative hassle. So long, red tape!

Data collection by the payloads takes place below the airspace determined by civil aviation authorities, making them agile sensors in their deployment.

A trailer to enable you to cover your sub-basins locally

Water quality monitoring tethered atmospheric balloons are easily movable from one point of interest to another, as they can be towed on a trailer (provided by BWI upon delivery of the balloon). Water quality monitoring tethered atmospheric balloons are adapted to being moved along small watersheds or several sub-basins close to one another.

Stratospheric geostationary balloons to monitor water quality at country level

A technological breakthrough for water quality monitoring

Geostationary stratospheric balloons are currently part of an R&D program and will be fully operational in 2027. However, geostationary stratospheric balloons are already available for preorder.

Water quality monitoring High-altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) are cost-effective

Stratospheric geostationary HAPS are quasi-space vectors capable of covering the monitoring of water quality over a large geographical area at a significantly lower cost than satellites.

Targeted to monitor water quality of water bodies of an entire country or of a large crossborder watershed

Stratospheric balloons are capable of remaining in geostationary orbit above a country or above a large cross-border river basin by intelligently exploiting stratospheric wind currents, which blow in different directions at various altitudes.

Water quality data and monitoring services are delivered via both an API and a UI

Integrate water quality data withing your existing early-warning systems or national hydrological data portal

Integrate water quality data as well as services such as temperature, color, suspended matters, algae, chlorophyl-A or turbidity,  to your existing early-warning systems in an as streamlined as possible manner thanks to our well-documented API with in-built examples.

A highly reliable API

Access the latest real-time optical and thermal rasters, as generated in a remote sensing fashion by the payloads located on the balloons, via a highly available API.

BWI prioritizes your privacy and security

The locations of your water quality monitoring virtual stations are kept safe and confidential, while adhering to the best software security practices.

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Embark on a hydrological balloon mission capable of remotely sensing water quality data and triggering cutting-edge monitoring services.

Online subscriptions

Create your account online, select your suitable plan and start deriving value from the remote sensed images acquired by your BWI tethered atmospheric balloon or geostationary stratospheric balloon in a matter of minutes.

Scale on-demand

Tailor the coverage of the BWI inland water quality monitoring balloon mission to suit your needs, over time.

24/7 customer support 

Our customer success team is always here to help you out!

Balloon missions to monitor water quality for innovative authorities and governments with advanced sustainable development goals

BWI specializes in the forecasting of inland surface water reserves around the globe. BWI brings together in-situ data, spaceborne observations and machine learning to feed and empower hydrological and hydrodynamical models. A provider of online subscription-based virtual continental freshwater monitoring stations, BWI aims to make scalable – across space and time – hydrological software to address climate change induced water stress. The payloads mounted on the water quality monitoring balloons as designed by BWI, combined with the AI-powered processing capabilities of BWI’s mission center on the ground, enable for remotely sensing turbidity, chlorophylle-A, suspended matters, algae and cyanobacteria of the remotely sensed water bodies.

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