TAO gets a research signet
2016-05-19: Research and development is very important in our TAO Group. Therefore our engagement is awarded with the research signet of the Stifterverband in Germany. Only companies with research competition and the capability to be innovative get this signet - we are very happy. To walk a new path in research is not easy, but exciting. TAO develops new energy technologies (Zinc-Air-Battery), new telecommunication technologies (SkyDragon) and new heating storages like the TAO sorption storage (icebear-building).
TAO SkyDragon in "The Economic Times"
2016-03-31: What can we learn from the past? And which skills do innovative technologies need? The Economic Times, the world's second most widely read English language business newspaper has a useful mention for the SkyDragon-Technology which Prof. Dr. Bernd Kröplin presented at the "Zeppelin View" - the "kick-off-event" of the 7th World Communication Forum in Davos (WCFDavos 2016). Read more in the article: "Lesson from Zeppelin".
Kick-off World Communication Forum Davos
2016-03-07: Thomas Brandt (CEO, ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co. KG) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Kröplin (TAO Group) hold the lecture for the kick-off of the 7th World Communication Forum in Davos (WCFDavos 2016). "Efficient communication theories for the global development of technology and science" was the motto of the presentation "Zeppelin View" in the museum in Friedrichshafen. Important aspects of the Zeppelin history from the sight of scientists, economy representatives and communication experts had been discussed by international participants and also communication strategies for technical pioneer works like the TAO SkyDragon.
2016-01-12: Our TAO Group is mentioned in the new "Aerospace Sourcebook of Baden-Württemberg" with our company profile. We are very happy about that and we are looking for interesting discussions and new contacts in the region of BaWü.
"Flying Art: ALF" - Article in famous magazine "Kunstforum"
2015-09-25: Who on earth thought, that our autonomous parachute ALF will be ART one day? Okay, the parachute flys extremely aesthetically: But it´s special ability, carrying humanitarian goods into disaster areas and landing them at a defined point, is the reason for an invitation to the exhibition "Innovations". ALF and some other inventions and concepts for optimization of the everyday life will be shown from 17.10. to 29.11.2015 in the "Kunstverein Neuhausen". A foto of the flying art "ALF" is released in the actual issue of the famous artmagazine "Kunstforum". More information about the exhibition coming soon...
GPS-Tests in the stratosphere
2015-08-07., 2015-07-08 and 2015-07-03: TAO tested it´s TAO-GPS-High-Altitude-Equipment with it´s micro controlled system in three various testflights with special sondes in 18.2. km, 20.5 km and 24 km this July and August. Because of the successfull downlink- and recovery programm the measured data had been recorded for future development andoptimization.
TAO at the fair i-Mobility in Stuttgart
2015-04-12: TAO Group develops a new, fast to recharge, low priced and non-problematic Zinc-Air-Battery. For demonstration of the capacity of the battery a light CFK-car in a unique design will be built. This lightweight study (realized by the team Calamar) and the concept of the new TAO battery had been demonstrated at the fair "i-mobility" in Stuttgart.
Pneumatic stressed membranes
2015-03-11: Innovative textiles and new hull materials, inflatable, strong under pressure and light: this are parameters for the TAO Stratospheric Airship Projects and for the light TAO membrane architecture. For knowledge exchange about high tech textiles TAO participated at the 3. User Forum "Smart Textiles" in Stuttgart. TAO is realizing innovative concepts in it´s projects "Lighthouse", "Innovative airship materials" and in the "SkyDragon"-HAP-Project.
Visit of prime minister of Baden-Württemberg
2015-02-26: Prime minister of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann visited the Icebear-Pavillion and Prof. Dr. Götz T. Gresser (DITF/projectpartner ITV) explained the innovative energy system with solar collector and TAO sorption storage. The successfull research project - named Icebear Pavillion - with partner ITV, TAO and others won the techtextilinnovationprize 2013 (Fotos: ITV/TAO).
Supporting young talents
2015-02-23: TAO supports young sientists with practical training, students jobs and themes for diploma thesis: With his project "Membran-test in the stratosphere for optimizing airship envelopes". Christoph Weber was ranked second in the challenge "Jugend forscht" in Germany during the award ceremony in Friedrichshafen/Germany. TAO enabled the ambitious student, to transfer his own planned ideas by participation at TAO stratospheric flight tests with his experiment. All the best, Christoph - and a successful future for you! If YOU are interested in a project or a job with TAO please look here. We are always looking for self dependent, ambitious talents, see "Career".
Last flight before "Kick off"
2015-02-19: At temperatures round about the freezing point the first flight in the new year was really an ice-flight. The exorbitant flight performance of the SkyDragon-System demonstrated the system-integration-readiness. Now we are waiting for the kick-off for the special mission "Stratosphere".
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Lecture in the Zeppelin-Museum
2015-01-15: "Lotte is the first solar airship of the world and now part of the history of airships in the Zeppelin-Museum (Friedrichshafen). Prof. Dr. Bernd Kröplin, initiator of "Lotte", gave a lecture about Lottes adventures. It´s participation at the IGA in Stuttgart, the messuring flights for smog-detection over Augsburg to the solar race in Australia: in movies and pictures the history was still alive.
Solar airship "Lotte" flies to Zeppelin-Museum
2014-11-27: Today, Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmut Kröplin, donated Lotte - the first solar airship of the world - official to the Zeppelin-Museum in Friedrichshafen (Germany). Kröplin (second on the left) and his team built Lotte in 1992 and operated it for years until 2008. He and Wolfgang von Zeppelin (co-initiator of the project; on the right) are pleased, that Lotte becomes now a part of the worldwide airship history. Until today Lotte is leading in the technology "flying by light". More information see solar airship "Lotte".
Photo: Dr. Claudia Emmert (MD Zeppelin-Museum), Prof. Dr. Bernd-Helmut Kröplin (MD TAO-Group), Jürgen Bleibler und Friedericia Ihling (Zeppelin-department) und Wolfgang von Zeppelin (rechts). chiff "Lotte".
Test of new antenna systems
2014-10-29: During autumn test flights of a TAO SkyDragon prototyp new antenna and telemetrie systems had been tested. This systems will be optimized by TAO and included into the ground station.
TAO Group at the ExpoReal in Munich 2014
2014-10-07: The projects of the TAO Group like the new seasonal sorption storage (see Icebear building) are interesting for real estate- and project developer. TAO was invited to the fair ExpoReal in Munich to present two new projects, which have been planned and should be realized together with project partners.
Hull material tests in the stratosphere
2014-09-17: There are enormous conditions for hull materials in the stratosphere. Four different light hull materials had been tested at 60.000 feet and minus 65 degrees - TAO messured the results with special sensors. These documentation is very useful for optimization of the TAO SkyDragon hull.
New TAO-"Return Flight-System"
2014-09-02: TAO designed and built two further, new "TAO-Return Flight Systems". In an emergency this new TAO-systems are able to return high flying equipments like dragon ballons and high altitude platforms (HAP´s) controlled back home. Both pilot-controlled prototyps had been started from an aerostat several times, successfull guided and landed safely. TAO uses this ongoing flight experiences for the furter development in the TAO-lab.
If you want to fly - fly!
2014-04-02: If you want to fly - fly! And before every flight into the stratosphere a lot of technical detail researches had to be absolved. Today a new start with the SkyDragon had been successfully completed: To optimize the take off, a boostertechnology was tested. After successfull descent and some sky tours the TAO-Nauten-Team and the SkyDragon came back home safely.
TAO-Equipmenttest at 84.000 feet
2014-03-14: TAO got at 84.000 feet new issues by a successfull TAO-equipment-testing: the optimized isolation proved its value and is mature for the stratosphere. The cameratest brought back impressive pictures like this one with a stratospheric alps panorama view with Gotthard and Monte Rosa.
The year of the horse with new energy!
2014-02-26: The TAO-Group was invited to a delegation trip to China, to approve the possibilities of a cooperation in research and/or production. The chinese new year of the horse (start 31.1.) is known for new perspectives and chances. Let´s take them!
3. "NovaScape - building intelligence"-Workshop
2014-01-31: Projects and ideas about energy-efficient building shapes and modulare, regenerative frontsystems had been discussed at the 3. "NovaScape - buidling intelligence-workshop" in Weimar. Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmut Kröplin introduced the new projectidea of the "lighthouse" of TAO Technologies GmbH. The project team: Prof. Dr. Bernd-Helmut Kröplin (TAO Technologies GmbH), Dipl.-Des. Arch. Hans Helmut Esser (Novascape), Regine C. Henschel, M.A. (TAO-Group), Tobias Kübler (Euraconsult); f.l.t.r. Foto: P. Guendisch
TAO Sorption Storage in "Galileo" on German Television Pro 7
2014-01-27: The TV-Team of Galileo from German television station Pro 7 documented in a short shooting the icebear-pavillion and the TAO sorption storage. During the shooting the silicagel showed its heating capacity in principle successfully. The TAO sorption storage and the icebear-pavillion are in a short documentation in the TV-magazine Galileo in Pro 7 at 7.05 PM at monday, 3.2.2014. See more.
Top view over condensation trails
2013-12-17: Big things need good preparation: During a new TAO-Test in an altitude to 60.000 ft new sensors and insulations had been tested. Also the camera had been optimized. And it shot a greatful photograph from the stratosphere: an airplane with it´s condensation trail. We had a top view! But, perhaps it was Santas sledge in the sky? We wish you a Merry Christmas and a good flight in a healthy and adventure-full new year 2014!
TAO SkyDragon in Columbia
2013-11-22: Every not connected region like deserts, jungles and islands, where the installation costs for telecommunications antennas and cables are to expensive, is the ideale testing side and place of installation for a TAO SkyDragon High Altitude Platform (HAP). Our vision: Flying telecommunications without cables! TAO Group got an offer to take part in a bidding - together with a renowned telecommuncation partner - for the telecommunications in Columbia. Unfortunately we could not get all the needed informations in this short time from our European side. But next time we are unstoppable! I'll bet you! Because there are worldwide a lot of points of use for our TAO High Altitude Platform. B´connected! And - we are crossing our fingers for the partners for Columbia. You win! :-) For more informations: HAP for telecommunication
TAO Sorption Storage in the Technoseum
2013-11-20: The TAO-Sorption Storage realized in the icebear-building is part of an exhibition: from 20th November the new bionic-exposition at the Technoseum Mannheim/Germany is open. The basic principles for heating and cooling in the TAO-Sorption Storage are the little Silicagel-Beads. Their physical properties, utilized in the TAO Silicagel Storage, are shown in an own glas cabinet incl. documentary film. A technic-scout in the museum shows the TAO-Principle-Experiment to the visitors.
TAO at the conference "Structural Membranes 2013"
2013-10-10: The "6. International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures (Structural Membranes 2013)" had been organised from 9-11 October 2013 in Munich. Prof. Dr. Eugenio Onate (CIMNE, Spain) and Prof. Dr. Bernd-Helmut Kröplin (TAO-Group) had been two of the three Conference Chairmen (see picture). The conference "Structural membranes" aims to be a forum for the state-of-the-art-research and the technology for design, analysis, construction and maintenance of textile and inflatable structures. The TAO "Icebear sorption storage" was also subject of the conference.
TAO HAP SkyDragon at stratosphere!
2013-09-20: At 2 pm a SkyDragon tested battery and electronic equipment at an altitude of 63.000 ft. All equipment tests have been successfull. (Photo was taken by an accompanying balloon).
The newly invented and built prototyp of the TAO SkyDragon Serie E for high altitude application was tested!
2013-08-20: Today the newly invented and built prototyp of the TAO SkyDragon Serie E for high altitude application was tested. The flight test with a new propulsion system für high altitude was very successfull. The summer break is over!
First autonomous flight system for airships and High Altitude Platform SkyDragon
2013-07-23: Final tests of the worldwide first autonomous flight systems for airships have been closed successfully with the TAO SkyDragon at TAO Group in Stuttgart. Until now autonomous flight systems have not been successfully applied to airships, because of the substantially different aerodynamics and flight mechanics. TAO managed to create a new system using professional industrial products and own components. The test and the development were audited by the University of Stuttgart. This development means another important milestone and brought TAO Group much closer to successful missions in the stratosphere with the high altitude platform (HAP) “SkyDragon”.
On ARD TV: Prime Time for the TAO Energy Storage for Heating
2013-06-15 + 2013-07-11: The principle of the TAO sorption-storage is important enough to ARD TV for a contribution in their report “The Great Show about Wonders in Nature” with Frank Elstner and Ranga Yogeshwar. Although we were not allowed to show our original saver (no advertisement in public TV) but nevertheless we (TAO) have planned and build the test set-up, have advised the editors, and were seated in the first row during recording the show on June, 15, 2013. Great deal of fame for our shy little stars: the silica gel beads. Broadcast time: July, 11, 2013, 20:15 on ARD. More to the energy saver: Icebear-Building.
An Award for the TAO Sorption Storage
2013-06-10: TAO Trans. GmbH received the award "techtextil innovation.prize2013" for it´s newly invented TAO Sorption Storage during the tradefair Techtextil in Frankfurt/Main. The TAO Sorption Storage is realized in the "Icebear-Building" and was funded by the ministry of the environment in a "R&D-Project". For more information: Icebear-Building.
How does an increase of velocity take an effect on the human body?
2013-05-28: How does an increase of velocity take an effect on the human body? The management of the TAO Trans. GmbH Prof. Dr. Bernd-Helmut Kröplin and Regine C. Henschel visited the German high-performance centrifuge. Also for material- and equipment tests this facility is very interesting for the TAO Group.
Treffen im Eisbärbau
2013-04-11: Die zur "TAO-Group" gehörende Firma "Airship Technologies GmbH" hielt ihre Jahresversammlung im Eisbär-Gebäude ab. Der Eisbär-Bau war 1-A geheizt und die Gesellschafter erhielten eine überzeugende Einführung in die wärmende TAO-Speicher-Technologie.
TAO Mastermind Group
2013-02-12: Once in a while science and know-how from others is precisely that what as module has been lacking for conversion. For the scientific discourse and joint projects Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmut Kröplin, founder of the TAO-Group, was nominated for the international "Advisory Scientific Committee of CIMNE". At February 08, 2013 the first conference took place at the Institute in Barcelona. The TAO-Group strengthens so their long standing cooperation in Spain.
The TAO Sorptions-Storage at the CEB Stuttgart
2013-02-09: For the first time TAO Trans. GmbH participated with the new TAO-Sorption-Storage in the Icebear-Building in the fair CEB CLEAN ENERGY BUILDING in Stuttgart. From February 07-09, 2013 over 200 exhibitors presented their innovations and met for discussion at the international trade fair and the Congress for Energy efficient buildings, Technical Building Accessory and Regenerative Energy-Production. The TAO Trans. GmbH was located together with the project partner ITV Denkendorf at the Special Exhibition Space of the “Innovationsallianz Baden-Württemberg (innBW)”. For further information about the Icebear-Building click here.
Future technology for energy supply
Foto: Dipl.-Ing. Peter Kungl von der TAO-Group erklärt den Speicher, v.r.n.l.: Umweltminister Franz Untersteller, Prof. Heinrich Planck (ITV), Prof. Dr. Bernd-Helmut Kröplin (TAO-Group), Andrea Lindlohr (Mitglied des Landtags von Baden-Württemberg). Foto: ITV
2013-01-15: The new, state-of-the-art sorption saver (by TAO Trans. GmbH) has been erected in the ‘Ice-Bear Pavilion’ - designed and built particularly for this purpose - and is currently in the process of being tested. If it will work as planned the new TAO-saver will absorb enough heat throughout the summer in order to supply sufficient heat during the heating period in winter and will thus offer almost provisional autarky. To Franz Untersteller, secretary of environment and energy of the regional state of Baden-Württemberg, the energy efficient Ice-Bear membrane building with innovative solar collectors and TAO saver presents a pioneer design for the future. The project has been put into practice in cooperation with partners from the business and economic world, the ITV Denkendorf and financial support of the regional state. For further information see chapter icebear-building.
Really an airhsip? Our prototype at the IdeenPark-Exhibition
2012-08-23: Record attendance: more than 320.000 visitors had a look at the technology of the future before the IdeenPark-Exhibition in Essen closed at 23.8.2012 after 14 days of exhibition. For the TAO SkyDragon this participation was a real success. Many of visitors required information about details of it´s futuristic design and it´s mission in disaster areas. "This is really a flying airship?" "Yes, this "small" 25 m long SkyDragon had various missions in different altitudes." After such overwhelming attention at the exhibition the SkyDragon and it´s collegues will return to their real realm, the silence of the sky, again.
The TAO SkyDragon is part of the technology exhibition "IdeenPark 2012"
2012-07-28: On invitation of Thyssen Krupp AG the TAO SkyDragon is part of the biggest Technology Exhibtition IdeenPark 2012 in Essen - it is the prime meeting of innovations in Germany. The SkyDragon is presented between "Earth and Space": between Aerodrom and Spacestation in hall 12. With it´s futuristic design and the innovative technology the TAO-Group HAP shows how ad-hoc-aid or the telecommunications work in future. TAO Group and other IdeenPark-partners from industry, science and business explain and present their projects for the future on 60.000 m² from 11 to 23 . August 2012. Welcome in the heart of city Essen and in the space for the innovations of the future.
2012-03-28: The TAO-Group is part of the international Conference MIECF 2012 in Macao at 29. and 30.3 in Macao. Prof. Dr. Bernd Kröplin gives as a distinguished speaker a lecture about "Future Technologies based on new energy concepts". He and his German team developed new regenerative energy storage concepts for stationary and mobile applications and new architectural concepts.
Ten years of Adventure
2011-11-11: This year marks the 10th anniversary since the founding of the first company within TAO Group GmbH, TAO Transatmospheric Operations GmbH. In light of this occasion the TAO team held a celebratory evening on the birthday of the founder, toasting to a bright future and looking forward to the TAO-Fest in the year 2012.
New Architectural Project
2011-11-10: TAO Technologies GmbH, along with its Spanish and Portugese partners, has been awarded the grant to develop the “Hypermembrane“ project, commissioned by the European Union. The project focuses on the development of architectural structures that employ flexible membranes in order to allow them to change their structural form on demand.
Our SkyDragon on it´s way!
2011-10-28: The newly developed stabilisation system for the Sky Dragon has exceeded all expectations. The latest footage (link below) shows the Sky Dragon maintaining its bearing without any pilot assistance. This marks the completion of yet another milestone in the development of the high altitude platform.
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Flight of the SkyDragon - the Original
2011-08-31: The new cooling-system for the engine has been tested successfully.
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We have been approaching another Milestone
2011-06-09: For the planned next milestone the TAO power gas propulsion system has further been improved and tested for long term flights.
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2011-06-01: The TAO Group has participated in a professional meeting in Brussels for an international architectural project. We are thrilled to bits to see this stupendous project commence.
SkyDragon - The basis for long-term flights
2011-05-04: TAO’s scientific team has successfully performed a total system-level integration paving the road for the ultimate beginning of the long-term flight tests.
After seven years of intensive research and development a new method for control and stabilisation of the SkyDragon high altitude platform has been successfully applied and has demonstrated its overall efficiency by a number of test flights.
The stabilisation and control of the platform is achieved by a system of so called relative-movements of the single correlated segments. The test demonstrations also included final tests on the efficiency of the new power gas propulsion system.
Based on the encouraging results of the total system-level integration further tests are shortly on its way starting the ultimate tests for long term flights.
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Pioneering Test flight of the SD 15
2011-04-20: The maiden flight of the SD 15 with the newly developed TAO-KG-Engine and the new flight control system have proved an overwhelming success in Stuttgart/Germany. The strong results of the launching, the flight phase and the precision landing fully lived up to the expectations of the scientific team in charge. The actual pilot batch has come respectively to an end to be followed shortly by the test series for confirming the sustainable capacity of the system for enduring missions.
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The Future of Asia and the World
2011-04-15: The BOAO-conference 2011 for Asia was held in Haikou (Island of Hainan/China)as much as the BRICS-conference in Sanya (Hainan). The objective of these conferences were to discuss and conceive the future plans for the economic development and international cooperation of the respective Asian states and the BRICS states (Brasil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). The management of the TAO-Group was present in Hainan to explore the economic potential of China as a commercial meeting point for the various TAO products and technologies.
Most successful test run of TAO´s newly developed propulsion system
2011-04-08: The new TAO-KG-engine has been fitted in a SkyDragon high altitude platform and tested. The tests proved most successful. Further tests in flight of this new propulsion system are upcoming within short.
The Companies Sanswire Corp. and TAO GmbH terminated their technology cooperation.
2011-03-22: Based on an amicable settlement agreement the marketing cooperation between the TAO-Group and the Sanswire Corp. has come to an end with immediate effect. It was agreed that Sanswire Corp. will draw back from its actual website all products based on or linked to TAO Technologies independant of the fact that Sanswire attributed self-contained names to the TAO product line offered on their website. The total hereto existing technology program of TAO will subsequently be marketed exclusively by the TAO-Group.
Christmas-Testflight in winter at minus ten degrees celsius and snow
2010-12-16: The tested stearing system, which was designed especially for fuelgas applications, functioned as proposed.
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A new world record
2010-11-22: Join us to win the “Blue Riband” of the Stratosphere, a world record for lighter than air vehicles and more coveted than the respective mythical trophy. We are looking for investors and ad-partners for the high-flying venture of stratospheric flights. In fact the TAO-Company, a spin-off of the ISD of the University of Stuttgart, has achieved the technological know-how to handle respective flights in the stratosphere, a technological performance unequalled to this day and of highly commercial utility. The magazine „Finest Finance“ gives a respective report in its actual edition. More information you find under the link „AdventureCapital“.
New Ascent Strategy
2010-10-29: A new improved ascent strategy was successfully implemented.
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Over the clouds
2010-10-14: New tests of on-board-systems at altitude.
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Additional test flights of the 5 segments SkyDragon in Germany
2010-10-07: Additional test flights of the 5 segments SkyDragon have been successfully performed in Germany. New stabilization systems have been tested.
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Further test flights of the 5-segment-prototype with on-board-camera
2010-09-29: At September 29th further test flights of the 5-segment-prototype have been successfull performed in Germany. The on-board-camera discovered incidentally a Smiley-Image on the flight field meadow.
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TAO Technology presented at the "High Altitude and Near Space Conference 2010"
2010-09-28 - 2010-09-30: TAO Group Technology was presented by our American Cooperationpartner Sanswire Corp. at the "High Altitude and Near Space Conference 2010" in Colorado Springs.
Initial flights of the STS-111 in Easton Airport
SD 23 "reading" the press release dated 27th.09.2010
2010-09-27: In September 27th the STS-111 had initial flights in Easton Airport. The system was sent to the US in June 2010 from TAO Group Germany for demonstration. His older brother SD 23 in the German hangar keeps his fingers crossed for further success while reading this message.
Five segments Skydragon HAP successfully completed - free flight test in Germany
2010-09-21: TAO Transatmospheric Operations GmbH and TAO Technologies GmbH successfully completed a cutting edge free flight test of its latest development which is the five segments composed SkyDragon High altitude platform (HAP).
At the same time the free flight performance of the tested SkyDragon constitutes one of our essential design goals.
The test flight included the successful testing of a new trimming and a new highly efficient landing gear.
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A World Novelty And A Design Award
2005-12-02: The SkyDragon Technology as a world novelty was presented at the Euromold in Frankfurt (Germany). The visitors could have a look at one of the various prototypes and which can also be seen on our website (Press releases/ expositions). The animation and real film of the SkyDragon with flight simulations and real flight film were awarded by the jury with the "3D Design in Motion-Award".
Herein you can see an extract of the award-winning TAO-movie