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Rapid Deployment Elevation System


Will-Burt’s Rapid Deployment Elevation System (RDES) is designed for expeditious deployment when significant heights are required for sensors and antennas. The RDES includes a mast tilt system that delivers a compact transport envelope. The system is available in heights of 80 ft. / 24m or 120 ft. / 36m. The powerful telescopic mast can elevate a 1,200 lb. / 544kg payload – no need for crane assistance. An automatic lock system maintains a consistent height for extended periods of deployment – even with the loss of power. Payload stability and pointing accuracy is assured with section keys and keyways that minimize rotational movement. Full deployment of the 80 ft. / 24m system can be achieved in 8 minutes.

RDES is customizable and can accommodate a variety of power systems as specified by the customer.

Essential Features

  • Rapid deployment of sensors and antennas to significant heights – 8 minutes to 80 ft. / 24m
  • Payload up to 1,200 lb. / 544 kg
  • Available in 80 ft. / 24m and 120 ft. / 36m heights
  • Telescopic Mast Lifts the Payload – No cranes required
  • Powerful Automatic Locking System – maintains height indefinitely – even without power
  • Minimized mast twist with Full-length mast section keys
  • Integrated Controls
    • Fully integrated control system
    • PC control capable
        • CAN-bus J1939
        • RS485 Serial

      The RDES includes a mast tilt system that delivers a compact transport envelope.  The system is available in heights of 80 ft. / 24m or 120 ft. / 36m.  The powerful telescopic mast can elevate a 1,200 lb. / 544kg payload - no need for crane assistance.

      RDES-UHDAL24m36m
      Stowed Dimensions (Lx W x H)175.4” x 57.0” x 43.5” / 4455mm x 1448mm x 1105mm221.0” x 57.0” x 43.5” / 5612mm x 1448mm x 1105mm
      Available Area for
      Sensor Payload
      931251 in³ & 8374in² /
      15.3 m³ & 5.4 m²
      1250172 in³ & 11243in² / 20.5 m³ & 7.3 m²
      Extended Height80 ft. / 24.4 m120 ft. / 36.6 m
      Payload Capacity1200 lbs. / 544 kg980 lbs. / 445 kg
      Telescopic Mast TypeAluminum Pneumatic with Automatic Locks
      Survival Wind Speed81 mph / 130 km/h
      Deployment Wind Speed35 mph / 56 km/h
      Tilt Up / Mast Deploy / Mast Retract / Tilt Down / Approximate – Payload Dependent3 minutes / Deploy and Retract times are highly
      variable / 3 minutes
      *Typical Payload Sail Area18 ft² / 1.67 m² CD=1.528ft² / 2.6m² CD=1.5
      System Weight RDES with Trailer16368 lbs. / 7425 kg16677 lbs. / 7565 kg
      Integrated System ControlCAN-bus J1939, RS485 Serial, PC Control Capable
      2D Customer Drawing
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