Ascent Spirit

SPIRIT | Overview

The ideal platform for mission-critical operations

Meet the new face of mission-critical operations from Ascent AeroSystems. Spirit is a dependable, all-weather, high-performance UAV designed and built in the USA. Unlike conventional drones, Spirit is designed to operate reliably in the harshest environments.

Compact & Modular

Spirit’s compact airframe easily fits within a standard backpack and its fully modular airframe allows for field-swappable payloads so it’s easy to bring what’s needed, where it’s needed, when it’s needed

Rugged & All Weather

Spirit is protected against contamination and can reliably operate in adverse weather conditions including rain, sleet, sand and snow.

Efficient & High-Performance

Spirit sets the new standard for performance in its weight class with nearly 10 lbs available for batteries and payloads and a top speed of over 60mph to go farther, faster, longer, and carry more.

Versatile & Adaptable

 Spirit’s adaptable design avails entirely new deployment methods and allows operators to easily incorporate a growing ecosystem of swappable payloads and software.

 SPIRIT | specifications & performance

TYPE & CONSTRUCTION  Coaxial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Polycarbonates, composites, aluminum
AVAILABLE PAYLOAD MOUNTS Top and bottom mounts can accept wide combination of batteries or payload (stackable)



1. 12.0 inches (257mm) x 4.2 inches (106mm) (Other payload diameters are supported)
2. Tip-to-tip diameter w/blades extended 25.5 inches (650mm)
DRIVE SYSTEM Direct drive with 2x brushless motors
MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT 13.5 lbs (6.1 kg)
EMPTY WEIGHT Core Vehicle (no battery or payload) 4.0 lbs. (1.8 kg)
SYSTEM VOLTAGE 12S 44.4 volts
BATTERY OPTIONS • Single (6.0 A h) Double (2x 6.0 A h)
• Battery weight 3.0 lbs. (1.4 kg) 6.0 lbs. (2.7 kg)
• Maximum available payload 6.5 lbs. (3.0 kg) 3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg)
FLIGHT ENDURANCE ONE BATTERY: 38 min with no payload / 28 min w/max payload
TWO BATTERIES: 53 min with no payload / 14 min w/max payload
ENVIRONMENTAL MAX DENSITY ALTITUDE: 14,600 feet above MSL (5,000m) OPERATING TEMP: -40 to 130F (-40 to 54C)
MAXIMUM FORWARD AIRSPEED* Max (manual mode): >60 mph (100 kph, 27 m/s) Auto (Recommended): 40 mph (65 kph, 18 m/s)
MAXIMUM RECOMMENDED WIND Recommended 40 mph (65 kph, 18 m/s) or operator’s discretion


Other Options Available

STANDARD AUTOPILOT  • Pixhawk 2 (Cube) Ardupilot/MAVLink. Commercial specifications standard, Domestic & MIL-spec available.
• Other autopilots and encrypted communications standards are available
GUIDANCE SENSORS Redundant sensors (barometer, compass, accelerometers, gyroscope)
GROUND CONTROL STATION • Integrated manual mode 2-stick control, autonomous navigation w/integrated 1920 x 1080 touchscreen LCD
• Alternative options include ruggedized Windows PCs, Android, iOS available
COMPATIBLE GCS SOFTWARE All Windows, Android and iOS versions of Mission Planner, QGroundControl, Tower, U.S. DoD ATAK




Other Options Available

MANUAL FLIGHT CONTROL FREQUENCY 2.4GHz Range: 12 miles (20 km) FCC; 7 miles (12 km) CE & SRRC
VIDEO LINK 1080p @60/30 fps, 720p @30 fps. Latency <110ms from input source to GCS display
AIRBORNE VIDEO INPUTS Dual HDMI inputs support simultaneous use of two airborne sensors



Other Options Available

AIR VEHICLE NDAA and Executive Order 13981-compliant
GROUND CONTROL STATION Compatible with multiple Blue sUAS-approved GCS
SENSORS NDAA-compliant sensors available