AscTec Pelican

Stefan from Ascending Technologies dropped us a line, here’s what he had to say about the University of Pennsylvania’s recent videos we reported the first one Stefan mentions here

“We are simply stunned by watching these videos from our customer, Vijay Kumar from the University of Pennsylvania”, says Stefan Eichhorn from Ascending Technologies GmbH. Ascending Technologies (AscTec) is the manufacturer of the small and robust AscTec Hummingbird quadrotor, which is used for research in labs around the world. “Those guys at the University of Pennsylvania are really experts in pushing our quadrotors to the limit – in a way of minimal spare part consumption. This is proof for us that our AscTec Hummingbird is doing really well under this kind of extreme use”, says Daniel Gurdan from Ascending Technologies.

Stefan Eichhorn continues: “These videos prove the reliability of our systems and show what amazing results can be achieved if the researcher focuses on their field of expertise and work with commercially available technology in order to push the limits.”

“We look forward to receiving more videos from Vijay Kumars lab at the University of Pennsylvania – and please do a lil` more crashing, we want to sell some spare parts.” mentions Daniel Gurdan with a twinkle in his eyes.

This video shows the AscTec Hummingbird AutoPilot. The same electronics is also used for the AscTec Pelican and the AscTec Falcon series.

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.