October 08, 2009 09:54 ET

Sanswire-TAO Corp Unveils Initial STS-111 Airship

New Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Provide Persistent Surveillance Capabilities; Designed to Work in Tandem With Currently Deployed UAVs

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - Sanswire Corp. (OTCBB: SNSR) (www.sanswire.com), through its joint venture Sanswire-TAO Corp, have unveiled the initial STS-111, their new Mid Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The STS-111 is designed to provide persistent surveillance capabilities and to work in tandem with other currently deployed UAVs in various domestic and overseas operations.

"The STS-111 represents a step forward in providing extended duration, persistent surveillance at a significantly lesser cost due to our unique lighter than air design," said Captain David Christian, CEO of Sanswire. "Our overall goal is to deliver the completed STS-111 to our systems integrator and operator where various tasks will take place leading to extended duration flight demonstrations of the STS-111 for various potential customers."

The STS-111 has a lightweight, aerodynamic, envelope structure measuring 111 feet in length and 11 feet in height, and is based on the patented multi-segmented, non-rigid design. This design is extremely flexible and enables the airship to cope with winds encountered during flight. It is designed to fulfill a range of desired mission profiles at altitudes up to 15,000 feet. Depending on weather conditions, the STS-111 can perform persistent loitering or racetrack operations nonstop for an estimated two and a half days carrying a payload of ISR/Comm equipment to provide up to a 200-kilometer operational line of sight. The STS-111 has been designed to rapidly unfold from its standard-size crate and be prepared and launched from virtually anywhere with no need for a large hangar or an exposed mooring platform.

The STS-111 is powered by a lightweight, highly efficient engine that was modified to operate using Sanswire-TAO's patented FuelGas airship design. The FuelGas design is comprised of complex customized systems developed by Sanswire-TAO. Implementation of the FuelGas system provides significant gains in endurance, duration, and performance over other airship designs that rely on burning liquid fuel, which is heavy and causes changes in buoyancy and weight while burning. These issues do not apply to the FuelGas powered STS-111, making it a more efficient platform.

Captain Christian concluded, "We are extremely pleased with the development of the STS-111, and its unveiling provides an opportunity to the security community to witness its uniqueness. I view the STS-111 as a vital tool for our national security. I look forward to the STS-111 coming to the United States for demonstrations and to work with our new integrator and operator."

For additional information and images of the STS-111 in flight testing please visit: http://www.sanswire.com/sts111

About Sanswire Corp.

Sanswire Corp. (OTCBB: SNSR) develops and provides an integrated suite of aerospace communications products and services, leveraging its relationships with leaders in UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technologies. Sanswire Corp. is focused on the design and construction of various aerial vehicles, capable of carrying payloads that provide persistent surveillance and security solutions at various altitudes. For more information, visit www.sanswire.com.

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