UAV Inspection & Monitoring


The AscTec Falcon 8 is a high-tech instrument for UAV inspection and monitoring with added value and high value preservation. Highly risky fields of application demand perfect workmanship and tools. It is not for no reason that listed global corporations rely on the successful combination of first-class pilots – our customers – and first-class systems developed by Ascending Technologies.

The AscTec Falcon 8 will generate aerial stills, videos and thermals to win you over with its excellent flight characteristics and unique features for maximum efficiency.


“Our UAV Inspection Service is available at short notice, and for preventative routine maintenance of assets, both safer and more cost-effective than previous techniques.” Sky-Futures


/// Benefit from UAV- / drone-based inspection & monitoring.

  • With its Inspection Payload TZ71, the AscTec Falcon 8 delivers geo-referenced real-color and 14-bit RAW thermal images simultaneously.
  • With only one flight mission, you receive still, thermal and all relevant information such as time stamp, position and alignment for easy processing.
  • Permanent control and overview with the Mobile Ground Station thanks to HD live images.
  • Automated 3-D flights (trajectories) can be exactly (absolute or relative) reproduced. Ideal for inspections of several objects of identical construction.

  • Improve your analysis processes with high-quality, synchronized, quickly processible images and actionable data.
  • Program your flight paths in advance or save an accomplished perfect flight path for the next inspection for exact comparison.
  • Detect finest hairline cracks, heat leaks or drops in performance within a few minutes and to the exact millimeter.
  • Our in-house manufacturing is our promise of quality – made in Germany.

  • Less staff requirement with more safety. Traditional methods like industrial mountaineering and height works with scaffold services or helicopter operations involve high risk and are cost-intensive.
  • Less time required. Quickly airborne. Quick live image analysis. Immediately processible data.
  • No loss of production. Using the AscTec Falcon 8 usually eliminates the need to take your facilities off the grid, reduced downtime and allows surveys during production or construction.

  • UAV / drone-based on- & offshore inspection of oil and gas platforms.
  • UAV / drone-based inspection of infrastructure like bridges, roads, railways, power lines & equipment, viaducts, subways, tunnels, level crossings, dams, reservoirs, retaining walls etc.
  • UAV / drone-based inspection of wind farm & power stations.
  • UAV / drone-based inspection of solar park & PV modules.
  • UAV / drone-based thermal energy efficiency inspections.
  • UAV / drone-based inspection of drilling rigs, pipelines & transmission network.
  • UAV / drone-based asset & utility inspection.
  • UAV / drone-based operation in preventive action or emergency cases.


/// Marketable and rock solid: The very best price-performance ratio.


Remote-controlled aerial sensing instruments make enormous savings in time and costs during inspections possible.While at the same time our AscTec Falcon 8 providing enhanced protection and total controllability due to excellent autopilot technology developed inhouse.


/// Global market leaders rely on the AscTec Falcon 8.


Our customers Cyberhawk Innovations and Sky-Futures – both market leading global players in the area of industrial UAV inspections – put their trust in advanced UAV technology. They deploy the AscTec Falcon 8 for diverse industrial inspection services:

  • For rapid deployment in the energy sector on construction sites.
  • For regular supervision of asset maintenance and repairs.
  • For industrial onshore and offshore live flare inspections on oil and gas platforms.
  • In preventive action or emergency and crisis due to cases of damage.
  • Topside, under deck and in splash zones.

/// The best for your customers only: UAV / Drone made in Germany.


Highly risky fields of application demand perfect workmanship and tools. The AscTec Falcon 8 will win you over with its excellent flight characteristics and unique func­tions.

  • The AscTec Falcon 8 is the only UAV of its class that is able to be sensibly and useful operated in the toughest of weather and adverse conditions.
  • Actually some of our customers are approved by the FAA to fly high-risk inspection missions and operate in congested areas in the USA.
  • The Spanish institute for air navigation and aeronautical safety SENASA successfully incorporated the AscTec Falcon 8 into an official pilot education and training programme and recommends it for professional drone / UAV operations.

/// Decide based on high definition video, still & thermal imagery.


Simply have the AscTec Falcon 8 take off from a safe distance at a suit­able location – if necessary just a few meters from the object and then freely adjust its alignment making use of the live image on the monitor zoom. You are thus in a position to be able to make important decisions immediately or at the end of the flight on the basis of reliable pictures and video materials. Whether it is a hairline fracture or an energy leak – you know that sometimes every second is crucial and that you may have to pay dearly for every one that is lost due to higher downtime and  expenses.

Eni´s Drone Technology Win

14. March 2017

Eni established a 3 year contract for the aerial inspection of their global assets with Sky-Futures (a London based-drone service provider flying with the AscTec Falcon 8). The high-tech approach towards inspections follows a type of revolution for Eni. Over the last two years prices for oil have dropped, along with cut dividends and job losses. Amid an environment of [...]

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Sky-Futures Signs First Global Aerial Inspection Contract with Eni

15. February 2017

Sky-Futures will deploy drones at Eni facilities as part of a three-year global contract, established February 14th, 2017. The global contract is the first of its kind between a gas and oil company, and a drone- based service provider. The contract signals a change to the approach of safety and inspection on behalf of the gas and oil industry. Eni, [...]

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UK Drone Guidelines for Offshore Oil & Gas

17. January 2017

Cyberhawk Innovations, the world leader in aerial inspection and survey using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones, has welcomed Oil & Gas UK’s new guidelines on the use of drones in offshore environments. Cyberhawk played a key role in the drafting of the ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Management Standards and Guidelines’, which were produced by Oil & Gas [...]

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Sky-Futures Awarded with Highest Level of SGS RPAS Safety & Compliance Verification

5. August 2016

Sky-Futures has been awarded the highest level of SGS Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Safety & Compliance Verification, passing the most comprehensive audit of safety systems and operational safety practices within the drone industry. SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company with a global network of 1,800 offices and laboratories, and has extended its services into [...]

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Intel & Airbus Demo Drone Inspection Of Passenger Airliners

15. July 2016

A team from Intel and Airbus demonstrated an aircraft visual inspection with a modified AscTec Falcon 8 with Intel® RealSense™ cameras. The demo took place during this week’s Farnborough International Airshow in England on an Airbus passenger airliner. “This collaboration and demo with Airbus showcases the advancements and innovation Intel brings to the drone industry,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president [...]

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Further success stories and successful UAV / drone operations from our customers using the AscTec Falcon 8 you can find here UAV / Drone Cases.