6 motor puck

Ashima Devices builds the world’s first UFOs.

They come in peace.

The company is founded on a unique blend of spacecraft instrument engineering and “boots on the ground” law enforcement and military experience. The result is a clear focus on the end-user experience and the ability to apply innovative avionics and sensor technology to the solution of real-world reconnaissance problems on patrol, on the jobsite, or wherever the mission takes you.

6 motor puck

The Puck: Simple, Rugged, Personal Scale Reconnaissance.

Ashima Devices’ Puck flight systems fill a crucial gap in affordable, high-availability, short-range aerial reconnaissance. The Puck product line is anchored around three core features:

- rapid-stow/rapid-deploy, “finger-safe” blade technology,

- automated flight behaviors and an intuitive user interface,

- an emphasis on affordability and high volume deployment

“Finger Safe” Blade Technology

The Puck flight system features a revolutionary internal blade design. With no exposed moving parts, the Puck provides a uniquely agile, safe, and tangle-free platform for reconnaissance.

The Puck internal blade technology is crucial for robust, everyday use. Traditional open blades are easily damaged during deployment and stowage, and take time to get ready for flight. For traditional multi-rotor systems, this process involves pre-flight attachment of blades and un-stowing of motor arms. With the Puck, no deployment is necessary.

Intuitive Flight Behaviors and User Interface

The Puck flight system exploits the consumer electronics-led revolution in miniaturized processors and orientation, location, and proximity sensors to yield highly automated and intuitive flight behaviors. These systems are used to simplify the flight controls presented to the user so that the Puck flight system can be used safely and effictively with little or no training.

Many applications of personal-scale reconnaissance require a limited set of flight behaviors: hovering over a job site during the installation of a piece of equipment; moving above and ahead of a patrol; getting an image over a rooftop after a burglar alarm has been tripped. Advanced positional estimation and control software allow the user to rapidly select from a set of standard flight profiles or use an intuitive on-screen ‘game-like’ interface, removing the need for lengthy training and high levels of piloting skill.

Production Volume and Price

The Puck system was designed from the outset to break the vicious cycle of high vehicle costs and low vehicle availability. The Puck accomplishes this by exploiting technologies that greatly reduce the operational burden in the field: much simpler flight control methods, much simpler field stripping and parts replacement, and the transition towards a high-volume, “disposible commodity” vision of personal-scale reconnaissance vehicles and operations.

Unlike the Puck system, fixed wing and open-blade rotor unmanned aerial systems are resource-hungry tools. The need for dedicated pilots and complex support systems inherently limit the utility of these tools at the job-site and in the field. Complexity, low vehicle production volumes, and system price become a vicious and self-fulfilling cycle.


Sensor Systems

The Puck flight system returns real-time imaging in the visible and near-infrared, yielding excellent picture quality from bright daylight to low-light and artificially-lit environments.

Future sensor options, with a focus on shallow subsurface ground-penetrating RADAR, thermal infrared, and acoustic imaging will allow the Puck to be used in an even wider range of applications.

Everything is Imaging

The design of the Puck imaging instruments takes advantage of the fact that precise orientation and location information is an essential by-product of stable flight control. This allows compact panoramic imaging without (heavy) moving parts and is essential to the Puck system’s innovative scanning methods applied to acoustic and RADAR imaging. Frugality being the key to compact design, imaging data are used by the flight system to further improve the Puck’s knowledge of its orientation and position.