AscTec Hummingbird


/// Small, but powerful.*


The AscTec Hummingbird is designed for highly dynamic and risky flight maneuvers. The quadcopter is very robust and its simple structure is easy to repair. Accordingly, it is the ideal flight system for flight experiments and drone formation flights. High-quality production standards ensure that our products are reliable and safe.


/// Essential characteristics.


  • The inertial guidance system provides highest precision through advanced sensor components and two ARM7 microprocessors.
  • The control unit provides highest flexibility. Latest interfaces simplify the implementation of your own c-code algorithms.
  • The Low Level Processor (LLP) ensures a highly stable flight behavior of your flight system: The LLP is the data controller, processes all sensor data and performs the data fusion of all relevant information with an update rate of 1 kHz!
  • The High Level Processor (HLP) controls your flight system according to your c-code: Take control over the flight system with your control algorithms.
  • Safe testing thanks to the Safety Switch function: While testing your control commands and maneuvers, you can simply switch back into safe mode and the proven AscTec AutoPilot takes over.

Key features.


  • Made in Germany. Innovation and manufacturing from Bavaria. We develop and produce in-house – essential hard- and software is made by Ascending Technologies.
  • Maximum performance & safety. The 4-rotor propulsion system is very robust and guarantees a stable flight.
  • Minimum weight & size. Highest precision and controllability.
  • Transportable fully assembled and ready to receive your code.
  • Low-noise, emission-free and environmentally friendly operation. The energy-efficient engines work with only 100 Watt per motor.
  • Great reliability: The AscTec Hummingbird is proven and tested as a useful research tool in challenging conditions.


/// Simple structural and snap assembly design.


The AscTec Hummingbird is a high-tech toy that you are welcome to test to the limit. Predetermined breaking points, a robust aluminum safety frame, lightweight and inexpensive CFK components – the entire system is designed for you to carry out all essential repairs by yourself. A little bit of soldering and screwing is sufficient to put together all individual components and build a complete system.


/// World-champion formation flights.


The AscTec Hummingbird is the world’s undisputed #1 regarding swarm intelligence. Recently, the AscTec Hummingbird equaled its own record of 50 synchronous drones flying in formation. 60 drones in formation, all simultaneously in the air, is the untouched world record at the moment. And it’s evidence for the outstanding technological performance that these small “aircrafts” are capable of.


/// Manual:


http://wiki.asctec.de/display/AR/User+Manual


/// Specifications:


http://wiki.asctec.de/display/AR/AscTec+Hummingbird


/// UAV onboard computer FAQ:


http://wiki.asctec.de/display/AR/Onboard+Computer


/// Fields of research:


  • Control theory & dynamic flight experiments.
  • Swarming – Swarm Intelligence.


/// Available payloads & options:


  • AscTec Atomboard + Camera Mount Type 1 or 3.
  • Vision Kit Mount.

/// Seriell drahtlose Kommunikation:


  • 2.4 GHz XBee link 10–63 mW
  • WiFi (optional)


/// See for yourself …


You can find numerous application examples on YouTube. Please use our Wiki to learn more about the AscTec Research Line.



* Programming and flight technique knowledge are required for the practical operation of our research flight systems. Please notice that some substantial information is only available in English.