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Ascent AeroSystems completes Spirit drone deliveries to Dynetics


September 2, 2020
By UAV Canada Staff


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Ascent Spirit is a compact, all-weather unmanned aerial system based on coaxial technology. (Photo: Ascent AeroSystems)

Massachusetts-based Ascent AeroSystems has completed the final delivery of all Spirit dual-rotor coaxial drones to launch customer Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos.

“This represents a critical milestone for Ascent AeroSystems as a company and an important step in our valued partnership with Dynetics,” said Peter Fuchs, founder and CEO, Ascent AeroSystems.

Ascent describes Spirit as a compact, all-weather, high-performance unmanned aerial system. The modular drone is based on coaxial technology, making it a strong platform for mission-critical operations. Ascent explains its unique cylindrical configuration is far more portable and rugged than conventional multi-rotor drones.

Ascent explains the delivery of drones provided an opportunity for Dynetics to validate performance characteristics and develop new payload systems that will provide additional capabilities for customers in the defense and intelligence communities.

“Its compact, rugged form-factor, modular design and outstanding flight performance overcome persistent limitations of conventional multirotors,” said Mark Miller, VP and division manager of Dynetics’ missile and aviation systems. “Other unmanned systems on the market simply cannot do what a Spirit can do.”

Ascent notes production has begun and the next available delivery positions are for October. Spirit is available in a variety of configurations, including ready-to-fly versions that include variety of EO/IR camera options. A choice of ground control stations is also available.