About

WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO AND HOW DO WE DO IT

 

AIRSTAGE...


...was founded in 1986 by CEO Rainer Mugrauer - a German aircraft constructor and gifted inventor.

...is a specialised aeronautical company based in Stuttgart, Germany

...is the leading authority in the design, construction and operation of remote-controlled ultralight flying models.

...is renown for devising both unique and practical solutions for all types of aerial shows.

...is the only company in the world to offer such unique products and services.

OUR FLYING MODELS...

...are either rigid, semi-rigid or non-rigid constructions. 

...are mostly helium based structures that are primarily for use in indoor situations.

..can also be used outdoors in specifically controlled environments.

...are constructed within the given limitations and physical boundaries of aerodynamics and buoyancy.

...are safe to operate directly over an audience and/or performers.

...are lighter-than-air dirigibles. They are NOT drones!

 

THE MAIN COMPONENTS...

Helium
Helium is 10 times lighter than air, non toxic and non-flammable. These characteristics make it the perfect choice for the required lighter-than-air gas that is a fundamental component in all of our objects, allowing them to literally float in the air.

Polypropylene and polyethylene foil
These are extremely durable and highly flexible polyester films which are ideal for use in practically all our flying objects. The foils are extremely lightweight, no more than 27μ thick, tear resistant and impenetrable by helium gas.

Polyurethane foam
To create the best flying model solution, rigid or semi-rigid bodies are often necessary. These parts are made of polyurethane foam which – thanks to its particularly fine fibre structure – can be moulded and shaped to any imaginable form. Firstly, a positive mould is milled using CAD data of the model. The foam is placed over this positive mould and created using a combination of pressure and heat. The moulded parts are then attached to a lightweight chassis that surrounds a custom made inner helium sleeve. The final result is an extremely lightweight, stable and realistic looking replica of the original design.

Propulsion units
Our models are powered by brushless electric motors that run almost silently. The specially developed safety propellors can change from full forward to full backward thrust in milliseconds, thus allowing instantaneous and perfect control of the flight path.

Onboard avionics
Our avionic packs include gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, pressure sensor, infra red localisation, real-time monitoring, stabilisation units, power management, wireless connections to computers for wireless programming of all integrated systems and various other custom-made components.

Power packs
We use rechargeable LiPo batteries that are both slim and extremely light weight whilst delivering the necessary power for the motors and onboard avionics. Depending on the battery weight and power, the models can be airborne between 15 - 45 minutes on one charge. The batteries can then be exchanged for freshly charged batteries in just a few minutes and the model is ready to be flown again.

Radio control system
To the viewer, it looks as if the floating objects are flying by themselves. However to fly the models in a four dimensional choreography requires an accomplished pilot at the controls. Our radio control systems work in all conditions and send all the necessary flight commands for the propulsion units as well as receiving information about the current status of all modules. On-board lighting and other special effects (both electronic and mechanical) are also controllable via the radio control system, creating a wide selection of show effects.

Lighting
Onboard RGB LED lighting that is timecode compatible for perfect lighting cues can be added to the interior or exterior of most of the flying models.

Autonomous flight control system
In conjunction with an optical tracking system our computer flight control autonomously flies the models along a pre-programmed flight path. These choreographed shows run fully automatically whilst keeping the models to within 2 cm (1 inch) of their predefined flight paths. 
Watch an example of our autonomous flight control system and click here for more information.