SOURCE: Sanswire

December 21, 2009 09:31 ET

Sanswire Announces Completion of Private Demonstration of Its STS-111 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program in Germany

Success Sets Stage for Arrival in America, Delivery to Systems Integrator Next Year

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - December 21, 2009) - Sanswire Corp., (OTCBB: SNSR) through its joint venture Sanswire-TAO Corp., today announced the successful completion of a private demonstration of its lighter-than-air STS-111 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on December 18, 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany.

This private demonstration featured flight-testing and inspection of the initial test version of the STS-111 airship, highlighting its unique capabilities. The STS-111 unmanned airship ascended and performed various flight maneuvers illustrating the benefits of the patented, segmented flexible design. Piloted remotely through the ground control station located on site, the STS-111 UAV performed several ascent and descent tactics as well as completing stationary flight testing, during which the airship was hovering over a specific area, successfully demonstrating its station-keeping capabilities.

Sanswire-TAO also hosted a tour of the aerospace facilities and laboratories where the STS-111 UAV was developed. Sanswire-TAO unveiled the testing and development facilities of the STS-111's proprietary auxiliary systems, including the fuel gas power plant and thrust vectoring propulsion system. Additional systems unveiled for inspection included the avionics, electronic management systems, and ground station facilities.

Captain David Christian, CEO of Sanswire, said, "The success of this demonstration lies mainly in our partner's participation and confidence that our UAV program is closer today than ever before toward meeting the demands of today's customers. The team executed flawlessly, the airship performed exactly as anticipated, and we collectively look forward to bringing the commercial STS-111 UAV to the US for public unveiling and demonstrations."

Captain Christian added, "We are convinced that the segmented design of the STS-111 and its long-endurance fuel gas powered propulsion system addresses unique security needs that require extended-duration station-keeping. The commercial STS-111 is designed to stay aloft for more than two days, which gives it a definitive advantage over currently deployed, expensive, fixed-wing drones in intelligence and surveillance missions. Our goal is to offer commanders another way to reconnoiter without putting personnel at risk while providing a more efficient acquisition and operational cost to the end user."

Sanswire-TAO will release video footage of the private demonstration, including flight testing of the initial STS-111, on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 on the company's website

About Sanswire-TAO Corp.

Sanswire-TAO exclusively owns and markets all the technology and intellectual property associated with TAO's lighter-than-air (LTA) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), including the Stratellite™ high-altitude airships, the SAS-51 low-altitude airships, the mid-altitude STS-111 airship, and the PADDS (Precision Air Drop Delivery System) in the US, Canada and Mexico. Sanswire-TAO Corp. is jointly owned by TAO Technologies GmbH and Sanswire Corp. For more information, visit

About Sanswire Corp.

Sanswire Corp. (OTCBB: SNSR) is a developer of integrated aerospace communications products and services. The company specializes in the design and construction of autonomous, lighter-than-air UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) capable of carrying payloads that provide persistent security solutions at low, mid, and high altitudes. Sanswire's airships and auxiliary products are designed for use by commercial and government-related entities that require real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support for homeland defense, maritime, and border missions. The company's long-term objective is to develop and deliver state-of-the-art airship technology that provides surveillance sensor suites and other advanced wireless broadband capabilities to the broader commercial markets.

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