Intel Drones Germany lay off more than 50 staff

Word is reaching us of large numbers of folks being let go at Intels main drone manufacturer Ascending Technologies in Germany at the end of 2018.

If true that’s very sad as Asctec really have been pioneers in the drone space.

Intel has form in this regard, they hired and fired at Yuneec USA back in 2017.

Not only did they bring their Falcon 8 industrial inspection platform to the party but the shooting stars light show Asctec was unique in having a camera on a multirotor that could point up. Very handy for inspection the underside of things like bridges and bits of oil rigs.

Is this the end of product development from the Intel nee Asctec team?

Ascending Technologies GmbH was founded in 2007 by
Daniel Gurdan, Jan Stumpf, Klaus-Michael Doth, Michael Achtelik

On January 4th 2016, Intel acquired the German drone developer and manufacturer. Intel had already partnered to combine Ascending Technologies’ autopilot system AscTec Trinity with Intel RealSense® Technology’s real-time depth-sensing capability.

An Intel spokesperson emailed the following to sUAS News.

Intel’s commercial drone strategy is to provide an end-to-end service with software solutions that deliver business insights extracted from data collected with fully-automated drones. Intel also delivers drone light shows that have amazed millions of spectators around the globe. We adjust any changes in our workforce as driven by the needs and priorities of our business. Intel Germany continues to remain a key site for our drone related development activities, and we continue to develop key drone technologies.

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