Intel Acquires Ascending Technologies


Intel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the German drone developer and manufacturer Ascending Technologies – subject to customary closing conditions.

Intel plans for the Ascending Technologies team to continue supporting their current customers while also collaborating with Intel’s Perceptual Computing team to develop UAV technology that can help drones fly with more awareness of their environments. Find the public announcement here.

To express its sheer excitement Ascending Technologies produced another brief drone light painting episode. The AscTec Falcon 8 draws “happy to join” and the  “Intel” logo. The patented V-form drone mounted with a LED was controlled by the flight planning software AscTec Navigator to perform the painting fully automated. The light painting is done by setting a camera to leave its shutter open for a long exposure, while the LED drone is flying its preprogrammed missions. The bright light leaves glowing trails, which form depictions according to the flown drone flight paths. Ascending Technologies had used that technique just before holidays to produce world’s first drone-driven light paintings of any real quality.

Ascending Technologies is leading develo­per and manufacturer of autopilot systems, unmanned aircraft systems and multi-rotor technology for professional, civil and research UAS applications. For this purpose Ascending Technologies achieves pioneer work in sensor data processing and flight attitude control ever since. Due to unique in-house development capabilities, the company from Krailling, near Munich, Germany sets new UAS market trends based upon key technologies. Ascending Technologies’ unmanned aircraft systems serve providers and groups as a professional sensing flight platform. The UAVs are highly efficient high-tech instruments for the production of high-resolution aerial imagery, stills and videos, thermals, multispectrals and geo data as well as research and development. Well over 1,000 of advanced drones from Ascending Technologies are in frequent professional and research operation worldwide.

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