Topcon Positioning Group announces a worldwide distribution partnership with a German-based leader in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology. The agreement with Ascending Technologies gives Topcon exclusivity for the global distribution of the AscTec Falcon 8 rotary-wing model, the GeoEXPERT, and the InspectionPRO sensing and feature packages.

“We are excited to add the brand new Topcon Falcon 8, powered by Ascending Technologies, to our scope of aerial mapping solutions,” said Eduardo Falcon, executive vice president and general manager for the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group. “By distributing both core target models on a worldwide level, Topcon can offer more end-users the flexibility and proven advances that these patented rotary-wing systems provide for survey, inspection and monitoring applications.” The Topcon-branded UAS includes the latest AscTec Trinity autopilot technology.

Ascending Technologies is a leading developer and manufacturer of micro UAS for professional, civil and research use. “The AscTec Falcon 8 has been in series production since 2009, and still is the first choice UAS of world market-leading inspection and surveying service providers,” said Jan Stumpf, one of the four CEOs and co-founder of Ascending Technologies.

“We are proud that our proven and advanced technology can now be easily accessed throughout the world. With the help of Topcon and its reseller network, we can provide our high standards of support and customer service everywhere,” said Stumpf. “This partnership gives us the freedom to continue the development of game-changing technologies our customers need, while quickly extending our active fleet of reliable UAVs.”

About Topcon Positioning Group

Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, BIM, mapping and GIS, civil engineering, agriculture, asset management and mobile control markets. Brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, WachendorffElektronik, Digi-Star and 2LS. The group was founded in 1932 and is based in Livermore, Calif.