If you are looking for a leader in UAV technology, Ascending Technologies(AscTec) sets atop the list. These folks have consistently produced ground breaking UAV systems since their inception. Their new Trinity offering continues that trend. Pretty amazing.

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Comment by Marc Dornan on June 15, 2015 at 11:07am

Looks seriously impressive design wise. Flight Controller seems very solid. Yanking an IMU off in mid-flight with another UAV was novel marketing.

Comment by Thorsten on June 15, 2015 at 11:50am

The big advantage in terms of designing their flight controller is that it is designed for one specific copter - and not ∞. 

Looking forward to a remake of the video by Marco (without the boat part...). 

Any details on price?

Comment by Tobias Witting on June 15, 2015 at 12:18pm

the cola bottle trick is a bit old. See here: Arducopter 2 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvTj6dlQ9fo

Comment by Tobias Witting on June 15, 2015 at 12:23pm

I think the falcon 8 is around 25k EUR. Not cheap! I think a well tuned V8 with pixhawk would probably perform similarly well. Astec seem very proud of their automated panorama feature. APM can do that too. The only thing I'm jealous of is the boat take off. But I think this is on the TODO list for APMcopter 3.4...

Comment by Marc Dornan on June 15, 2015 at 1:09pm

I am sure Pixhawk can do a lot of the same things, especially if it was put on a good frame and the feature set and ground control was reduced to the features the customer needed, for simplicity. You cannot plug in IMUs though--that is a nice feature. This is just a more professional, field-ready, physically robust, and hugely more expensive solution. I am sure it is finding a market. I really like the motor configuration and frame design and am inspired to try something similar. I wonder if Arducopter can fly that configuration well?

Comment by Alexsey Novik on June 15, 2015 at 1:45pm

everything exept EM interference, RF interference, NO calibration

and thats HUGE

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 15, 2015 at 2:27pm

Arducopter can fly that configuration fine.  I flew a very similar frame layout, but was an H-octo instead of a V.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 15, 2015 at 2:29pm

The big disadvantage to mine, and probably the AscTec, is it's not very efficient with small props.  Not long flight time, I was getting about 9 minutes.  I notice they don't advertise their flight time, so must not be much to write home about.

Comment by earthpatrol on June 15, 2015 at 2:45pm

Rob_Lefebvre looks like 12-22 minutes based on their spec. sheet.

AscTec Falcon 8 Spec Sheet

Comment by Marc Dornan on June 15, 2015 at 3:18pm

@Rob there is is always some trade-off as you always discover the longer you make these things. I am sure you are right. They apparently say 12-22 so I will take that as 12 with useful payload!


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