Not UK in origin but I am thinking about a post on elevating masts and thought this was interesting
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One of the great disadvantages of small quadcopter type unmanned aircraft is their poor endurance so until battery technology or motor efficiency makes a big leap tethering provides unlimited endurance if all you need is a high vantage point.
If you need to move horizontally then of course this isn’t any use but tethering also mean you don’t have to transmit your sensor feed into the air for others to detect and you are not bandwidth constrained.
For recce purposes, put one of these on the back of a Jackal or even Fres SV Scout and you have a very useful uplift in capacity for not a lot of money.
Supporting an infantry patrol, a simple omnidirectional camera and radio rebroadcast payload could reduce the battery load on the dismounted personnel
Seems to me to one of those brilliantly simple ideas that has everyone thinking, why didn’t we think of that.
Which means of course, it won’t enter service despite its obvious benefits!
H/T Paul G