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Posted on: December 1, 2023

City of Princeton purchases state-of-the-art drone, Volatus Aerospace hosts demonstration

PRINCETON, TEXAS: On December 4, 2023, Volatus Aerospace will host a drone demonstration at J.M. Caldwell Sr. Community Park. Purchased with funding from Princeton’s Community Development Corporation (CDC), the drone will assist the Princeton Fire Department with daily operations.

Ascent Spirit stands out as the optimal platform for critical missions, serving as the ideal tool for firefighting, search and rescue, inspection, and night operations. It boasts protection against contamination and demonstrates reliable performance in challenging weather conditions such as heavy rain, sleet, sand, and snow. Furthermore, it can operate in winds that would ground other UAVs. With a highly streamlined airframe capable of reaching speeds exceeding 60 mph, the drone can cover greater distances, achieve higher speeds, operate for extended durations, and carry larger payloads. 

Dean Attridge, Vice President of Solutions Engineering, states, "By acquiring this American-made drone, our purchase actively contributes to supporting the domestic industry. The Spirit drone has received approval for use by the Department of Defense (DoD) and adheres to our stringent data security policies."

Equipped with a thermal camera, Ascent Spirit provides unparalleled aerial imaging capabilities. The Princeton Fire Department is set to become the inaugural local agency in the state to acquire this drone. Notably, it will also be the sole agency in the country equipped with a camera specifically tailored for use with this drone.

Joe Cedeno, Fire Inspector for the City of Princeton, states, “Princeton is extremely fortunate to be one of the first cities in Texas to purchase this drone, and we are excited to use it as our front-line eye in the sky. This technology will be a tremendous help to the fire department for search and rescue operations, fire investigations, large construction inspections projects, enhancing community development, public events, as well as to perform a variety of other tasks of rural and urban interface within the community of Princeton.”

Princeton residents should be aware that the drone will be airborne at around 2:00 p.m. in J.M. Caldwell Sr. Community Park.

About Volatus Aerospace

Volatus Aerospace is the leader in commercial drones and UAV technologies, providing integrated solutions for clients globally. The company serves both civil, government, and defense markets. Having established itself in the drone services market, providing infrastructure inspection, mapping and modeling services, the company has leveraged this expertise into the key sectors of equipment distribution, public safety, drone cargo and delivery, and security and defense. Its aviation division provides commercial aircraft management and charter services, and long-range pipeline patrol and inspection with the integration of AI and autonomous solutions.

About Ascent AeroSystems

Ascent AeroSystems designs and manufactures rugged “coaxial” drones for the industrial, public safety and defense markets. With a unique cylindrical configuration that’s far more portable and durable than conventional multirotors, Ascent AeroSystems’ drones are ideal for mission-critical operations in the toughest environments. 


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