AscTec Firefly: Netexplo Award Winner 2016

19. February 2016

The AscTec Firefly UAS drone has been awarded the Netexplo Award 2016 for its impact on society and business. The redundant research drone is established as programmable unmanned aircraft system in leading universities and R&D labs worldwide. Moreover the AscTec Firefly is involved in many challenging research projects. Netexplo (“Netexplorateur” until late 2011) is an independent observatory that studies the [...]

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DroneService – UAS Indoor Surveillance

15. December 2015

In the DroneService project, Avansig and Prosegur have developed an indoor surveillance system based on a programmable unmanned aircraft system. This system, built over the AscTec Firefly UAS platform, is able to perform indoor surveillance rounds in a completely autonomous mode. DroneService – indoor surveillance per drone DroneService proposes a new surveillance model. It is an evolution of the classical [...]

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ETHZ: Drones with a Sense of Direction

10. November 2015

Drones with a sense of direction? Yes. A small group of researchers from the ETH Zurich successfully tested an AscTec Firefly research drone autonomously creating a 3-D map of an unfamiliar environment. Good new for commercial drone operators Commercial drones are starting to be used for tasks like inspecting oil rigs and crops. But they still require a highly skilled [...]

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Back to the Future 12 – Drones & Self-Awareness

21. October 2015

Intel’s RealSense camera module, which weighs as little as 8 grams and is less than 4mm thick, brings depth perception to drones both indoors and outdoors with minimal impact to payload and flight times. A new level of intelligence and self-awareness to the drone ecosystem could change the way we see drones. Drones with 360° self-awareness 360° depth cameras, powerful [...]

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IROS 2015 – The new research UAV AscTec Neo

28. September 2015

IROS 2015: Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality papers representing original results in all areas of intelligent robot components, systems, and applications. Among many other exhibitors like BOSCH, CLEARPATH, DJI, Google, iRobot, KUKA and many technical universities and labs, Ascending Technologies will be exhibiting there … and present something spectacular: A brand new research UAV including a 360° depth [...]

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Back to the Future 11 – AEROWORKS

21. September 2015

Collaborative Aerial Robotic Workers: AEROWORKS envisions a novel aerial robotic team that possesses the capability to autonomously conduct infrastructure inspection and maintenance tasks, while additionally providing intuitive and user-friendly interfaces to human-operators. AEROWORKS Aim – UAV interaction, perception & planning intelligence With ageing infrastructure in developing-and-developed countries, and with the gradual expansion of distributed installations, the costs of inspection and [...]

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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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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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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.