Ascending Technologies and MIT won 1st place at IARC2009 competition
Ascending Technologies Pelican

The AscTec/MIT team managed to develop the most advanced and robust indoor MAV between the announcement of the mission in 2008 and the competition in 2009. By doing so the team was able to finish the mission in the first year. This result had no team ever reached before in the history of the competition. “We knew that we have to design something complete new in order to match these high requirements. Only the best hardware currently available in combination with a stable flying and reliable platform as the key prerequisite would be good enough to get the chance to finish this Mission. The AscTec Pelican is a very flexible and robust platform with a high payload. For the flight control we used the latest version of our well known and very reliable Autopilot sensor board.” says Michael Achtelik from Ascending Technologies, responsible for the mechanical design of the UAV.

By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.