AscTec Hummingbird Drones at the ESC

28. May 2015

Drones at the ESC ! The AscTec Hummingbirds from Bavaria have been stars at the Eurovision Song Contest. Thanks to our customer Ars Electronica Futurelab who made this possible: A futuristic contribution at the ESC with LED drones for about 195 million people watching. LED drones controlled by “magic wand” Every year there are “postcards” sent by each participating country [...]

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Back to the Future 6 – “Robots and fire” from ICRA to CES

21. April 2015

To discuss cutting edge in robotics and automation almost two years ago the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013) took place in Karlsruhe, Germany. The opening flight show was than performed by four AscTec Firefly systems. They were carrying one letter on the front and one number on the back each enlightening the skyline of Karlsruhe at [...]

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Back to the Future 5 – The drone invasion

21. March 2015

No drone invasion, but art: The highlight of the voestalpine Klangwolke in Linz 2012 was a choreographed air show with 50 small AscTec Hummingbirds equipped with LEDs. Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ascending Technologies GmbH set a world record with this, because this was the largest swarm of these “quadrocopters” (so called because of their four large rotors) outdoors at the [...]

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New UAV FAA Regulations – Pro Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

16. February 2015

New UAV FAA Regulations will facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small [...]

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10 Years YouTube – Top 10 UAV Videos

14. February 2015

Ascending Technologies congratulates the leading video network with an Ascending Technologies top ten list: Top 10 UAV Videos with multi-rotor systems, autopilot systems or UAV- and drone technology from Ascending Technologies. Top 10 UAV Videos – #1: Raffaello D’Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters | TED | 1 year ago | 4.403.434 views Top 10 UAV Videos – #2: [...]

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Sparked – Drone Interaction Arts

3. February 2015

SPARKED is a short film that combines human dramatic performance with a group of computer controlled flying machines, resulting from a collaboration between ETH Zurich, Verity Studios, and Cirque du Soleil. Its visual textures are real – no CGI or wires, slow-mo or fast-forwards were used to enhance what you see. Watch that human drone interaction: Technology The film shoot [...]

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Two Special Awards in the IARC14 go to the AscTec Pelican

27. January 2015

Two Special Awards in the World’s Premier Aerial Robotics Challenge IARC14 go to the AscTec Pelican. The CVG-UPM in collaboration with the Dept. of Artificial Intelligence (DIA) have participated past year as its first time in the IARC challenge, the International Aerial Robotics Competition that is the longest running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world. The competition started 2014 [...]

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Back to the Future 3 – Drones for Water Quality

21. January 2015

Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA: Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, promise to help humans perform hundreds of jobs better, but most are limited to obtaining aerial views. UNL computer scientists Carrick Detweiler and Sebastian Elbaum are developing UAVs based on research with the AscTec Firefly that interact with the environment, greatly expanding their potential uses.

Best Drone: AscTec Firefly with Intel RealSense

10. January 2015

Best drone: AscTec Firefly with Intel RealSense The magazine The Verge, which covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture, awards at the International CES 2015: AscTec Firefly with Intel Real Sense as the best drone.