Ascending Technologies GmbH from Germany is looking to sponsor an international UAV research team in participating in any international UAV Contest (e.g. IARC) in 2011, or in demonstrating their groundbreaking developments in the field of UAVs in any public event in 2011.

The sponsored team will receive 15,000 Euros of hardware, software, individual modifications and support from Ascending Technologies GmbH’s multi-rotor product line.

The nominee shall be at the forefront setting the benchmark in UAV research in 2011. This sponsorship will enable the team to focus on developing their own ideas instead of trying to get an UAV flying.

A short description of the mission objectives, from the challenge which is planned to be attend, or what the project is about and a brief abstract for publication on is required. The full application must be sent via email to Ascending Technologies by the 13th of February 2011.

Ascending Technologies is a young and highly innovative manufacturer of flying multi-rotor platforms for university & research applications. The company is known for its experience in design and production of high quality UAVs worldwide in most research laboratories and R&D departments in the area of aerial robots.

In 2008, Ascending Technologies won several awards in the European Micro Air Vehicle Conference (EMAV). Last year, the winner of the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) used the AscTec Pelican aerial robot. In October 2010 a new endurance world record in laser-powered flight had been achieved in cooperation with LaserMotive LLC, Seattle. The AscTec UAV flew for over 12 hrs.

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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.