Frequently-Asked Questions

Is Ryan Media Lab™ allowed to fly for commercial purposes?


What is the purpose of a tethered drone system?

Ryan Media Lab™ employs a high-strength tether connecting the drone to a powerful electric base. The primary purpose of the tether is restraint, providing the pilot physical control from the ground over the drone.

How does the system work?

By connecting an onboard attachment via tether to a powerful electric base, Ryan Media Lab™ is able to deliver control over the drone from the ground. The system enables a pilot to fly the drone without compromising the performance of the drone itself as well as to provide an extra level of control and safety that can be relied upon when a drone fails or in the event of pilot error. Ryan Media Lab™ delivers that ability with its onboard hardware combined with its powerful electric base.

How do you cope with a runaway drone?

Safety is the most important factor. The ATOM 4000 can stop a runaway drone immediately, even under worst-case scenarios where loss of remote control occurs.  Non-tethered drones have no safety net for loss of remote control.

How far can a drone fly with the tethered system?

Flight tests have shown that the Ryan Media Lab™ system can cover more than a 1 kilometer diameter at a time. Moreover, The ATOM 4000 is a mobile system that allows the operator to cover many miles in a very short period of time.

What type of drone is used with the tethered system?

Most any commercial drone available. 

Can the Ryan Media Lab™ system be hacked?

No. Our ground control system is driven by electric-battery power; it’s not connected to the internet, nor is it driven by radio frequency or WiFi – the hackable primary drivers of free-flying drones.