The components of ultralight flight technology ...

 
 

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.


Polyurethane foam
To create the best flying model solution, semi-rigid or full-rigid bodies are often necessary. These parts are made of extremely light 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 and stable replica of the original design


Polypropylene & Polyethylene Film
These are extremely durable and highly flexible polyester films which we use in practically all our flying objects. These films posses properties that are ideal for our ultra lightweight constructions: they are extremely lightweight, no more than 27 μ thick, tear resistant and impenetrable by helium gas.
 


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.


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.


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. These 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 amazing show effects.
 


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.


Lighting
For the interior and effect lighting of our flying objects we use a 2.4GHz wireless connection. With a wireless range of over 70 meters, the technology is dimensioned for almost all applications. A DMX 512 universe is transmitted and allows the simultaneous control of numerous flying objects. By using individual transmitters and receiver IDs, the system is completely reliable and trouble-free.
Lighting effects in the flying objects can be preprogrammed and 3D-visualized for coordination in the show production. By using the Airstage Lighting software developed in-house, a frame-accurate light choreography is possible and can be combined with special effects, such as clock-controlled to music.
The Airstage wireless system is 100% compatible with lighting consoles through the use of the DMX standard. The flying objects can thus also be specially programmed via the lighting designer and integrated like a gearwheel in the show lighting. The Wireless-DMX system is simply plug & play connected.