Reaching The Stratosphere And Beyond

Kea Aerospace is developing a solar-powered, remotely piloted aircraft that will fly continuously in the stratosphere for months at a time to collect frequent high-resolution aerial images.

Kea Atmos

High Altitude Aircraft

The zero-emission Kea Atmos will operate at an altitude of around 65,000 feet (20 kilometres), flying far above the weather and conventional air traffic.  With a wingspan of 32-metres, the Kea Atmos will be the largest un-crewed aircraft designed and built in the Southern Hemisphere.

The initial focus for the Kea Atmos will be the acquisition of aerial imagery, but the endurance and versatility of this solar-powered aircraft will also provide a useful platform for a variety of other types of payload applications.

Aerial Imaging Data Gap

Creating Business Intelligence

Our world is changing fast and we need up-to-date information. Today there is a huge data gap where it’s difficult to cost-effectively obtain frequent high-resolution, multispectral aerial imagery.

The Kea Atmos will collect data in the stratosphere, a sweet spot for aerial imaging, and enable direct access to customers. Kea Aerospace will provide aerial business intelligence for areas such as precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, maritime surveillance, smart city projects and disaster management.

Kea Aerospace

Innovation And Collaboration

Our vision is to create aerospace technology for the benefit of people and the planet. The company was established in 2018 and is located in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our leadership team has an extensive and exciting track record of creating innovation.

Kea Aerospace is proud to be an early participant of New Zealand’s Airspace Integration Trials programme run by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.  We are a research partner with the University of Canterbury and founders of the industry body Aerospace Christchurch.

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Kea Aerospace is currently flight-testing prototype aircraft in New Zealand. We are designing and flying smaller-scale aircraft before we start building the first full-size Kea Atmos at the end of 2021.

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