Disaster Response

In disaster management reestablishing connectivity is one of the most critical problems that first response teams must address. It is also one of the most difficult. Network connectivity allows first responders to communicate with each other and use more sophisticated tools to address the situation. It allows survivors to call for help. This is where Spooky Action’s tethered drone systems can assist in a coordinated and connected disaster response.

In the immediate aftermath of a large-scale disaster, it is often difficult to deploy traditional vehicle-mounted connectivity tools as quickly as needed. Additionally, once those tools are deployed, there remain many gaps in coverage that leave people behind and make operations harder.

Telelift is a flying cell tower designed to support traditional connectivity tools in the aftermath of disasters. Supported by our Superfly Tether System, Telelift flies all day, carrying up to 20lbs of telecommunications equipment at up to 200ft AGL. Telelift packs down into pelican cases that can be delivered via helicopter or even the trunk of a small car. It can be deployed faster than traditional assets and provide dynamic coverage throughout the entire recovery period.

carrier-grade payloads

Telelift can haul up to 10kg of carrier-grade telecommunications equipment. Configurable with standard 4G, 5G, and WiFi payloads, meshing seamlessly into your team’s operations.

All-day operations

Telelift goes the distance. Our system is rated for hundreds of hours of continuous flying connectivity, and is capable of completely autonomous flight. Telelift flies under standard Part 107 rules.


Telelift packs light and deploys ultra-fast. Power the tether system from a vehicle, generator, or shore power. The entire system packs into standard Pelican cases and deploys in minutes.

Past Deployments

PATRIOT is an annual exercise focused on local, state, federal and private sector organizations responding together to a natural or man-made emergency.

Learn how Telelift helps first responders deal with emergency situations like earthquakes, collapsed buildings, blocked roads, mass casualties and the need for search & rescue. Read more > 

Hurricane Laura was a deadly a Category 4 hurricane that was one of the strongest hurricanes on record to make landfall in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Telelift was one of the first connectivity assets in the area, arriving with the initial response teams and began connectivity operations even before power had been restored to the area. Read more >

More than 300 competitors participated in the French National Windsurfing championship help in Quiberon, France in November 2019.

Spooky Action, global telecom giant Orange, and remote communications specialist Klas Telecom provided network coverage to broadcast an immersive video at the event. Read more >