Astral AR in the News

Astral AR wins the Audience Choice Award at Women Startup Challenge

By: Women Who Tech | March 6th, 2018

NEW YORK, New York: Leah La Salla pitched Astral AR in NYC at Google Headquarters - an event co-hosted Women Who Tech. And Astral AR won a prize of $100K in cloud credits - very relevant to this kind of tech company. ... Read More about Astral AR's Award

Meet The Company That Is Building Drones To Stop Gun Violence

By: Sally French, The Drone Girl Blog | March 6th, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas: While other drone companies are focusing on burrito deliveries, La Salla has her sights set on saving the world from gun violence. “It’s amazing to attack the wicked problems with a business model that actually works,” she said. “The world needs this drone." Read More

We Asked 6 Women STEM Entrepreneurs Their Advice To Others, And Here's What They Said

By: Cordell Eddings, Free Enterprise | February 10th, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas: "Leah La Salla: “One thing that helps is having truly great partners. If you can be strategic with your network and with who you do business with and can lean on them to support you when needed it takes some of the pressure to know everything off. It doesn’t fix everything, but it goes a long way.” Read More:

Drones You Can Fly with Your Mind: Astral AR Aims to Stop Gun Violence, Increase Diversity in the Drone Industry

By: Zach Dukowitz, Free Enterprise | January 30th, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tennesee: "Astral AR’s tech is pretty wild—I mean, you can’t get much more futuristic than mind control drones created to stop bullets.” Read More:

Two Austin-based Startups are Finalists for the Sixth Women Startup Challenge in New York

By: Laura Lorek, Silicon Hills News - Central Texas | January 27th, 2018

SAN ANTONIO, Texas: "The startups include Astral AR, a drone piloting system that uses the Internet of the Things and helps law enforcement stop bullets, and detect guns and bombs through walls. Leah La Salla is the founder of Astral AR.” Read More:

Women Who Tech is Tackling Tech's Diversity Problem by Showcasing and Funding Female Founders at the Women Startup Challenge

By: PR News Wire | January 23rd, 2018

BUFFALO, New York: "Women Who Tech, a U.S.-based nonprofit that advocates to close the funding gap for women in the technology and startup industry, today announced the 10 finalists selected for the sixth Women Startup Challenge who will pitch their startup.” Read More:

Using Drones To End Gun Violence

By: The Sky Guys | January 3rd, 2018

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada: "The team’s main goal is to provide services to law enforcement and emergency response teams across the world to enforce existing gun control laws. “Eighty percent of our team are women and people of colour, and some of us are veterans and disabled individ” Read More:

This Diversity Driven-Startup is Building Drones To Stop Gun Violence

By: Melissa Jun Rowley, Forbes | January 2nd, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas: Seasoned software architect, Leah LaSalla, is "grossed out" by "vertical hierarchies." That’s why when she founded Astral AR, a drone piloting system that allows pilots to identify and stop loaded firearms, she decided to address systemic inequality by making sure everyone on her 11-person team is paid the same amount. This is just one of the many diversity-driven facets... Read More about Astral AR's Diversity-Driven Startup

VC founder starts her 'own league'

By: Kelly Chen, CNN Money | November 6th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, California: "Backstage Capital: Since its launch in 2015, the company said it has invested over $2 million in more than 50 startups. This includes ShearShare, a platform that connects stylists to salons, and Astral AR, an augmented reality piloting system for drones.” Read More:

Top 25 Drone Technology Solution Providers - 2017

By: CIO Applications Magazine | October 25th, 2017

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The Power of Inclusion at Astral AR

By: Bryan Landers, Medium | October 18th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, California: "The team at Astral AR is growing one of the most inclusive company cultures I’ve seen at an early-stage startup. I learned of the term neurodivergent from the company’s co-founders, both of whom fall on the Autism spectrum and come to the startup world from atypical backgrounds.” Read More:

Industry Leaders Encourage Girls to Pursue Careers in Drones

By: National Girls Collaborative Project | October 12th, 2017

SEATTLE, Washington: "Leah La Salla, founder of Astral AR, says it’s tough to know exactly how she found what to study, but she was certainly influenced by learning advanced customized fabrication in her dad's super-precision tool and die shop.” Read More:

How 4 Women In The Drone Industry Are Crushing Gender Stereotypes

By: Claire Labeaux, The Fairy GodBoss | October 6th, 2017

NEW YORK, New York: "Leah La Salla, founder of Astral AR, encourages women to join the UAS industry. “Aeronautical nerdery is totally fun! In many cases, small UAVs can replace extremely dangerous, petrochemically intensive and loud and scary helicopters – a stunning advancement.” Read More:

At TechCrunch Disrupt: Astral AR Developing Drones You Control With Your Mind

By: Eric Walz, Future Car | September 18th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, California: "The company's artificial intelligence (AI) is capable of running standalone on each drone without the need of connectivity to a central server. It powers and touches all aspects of the drone platform.” Read More:

2017 Women To Watch in UAS List Announced

By: Stephen Kelly | September 13th, 2017

DUBLIN, Ireland: "The nine women selected for these honours have made astonishing strides. Leah La Salla is Technology category honoree.” Read More:

Female Founder Sorcery: Astral AR’s Series A Fundraising Is Here

By: Leah La Salla | August 4th, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas: "It’s a great day to back our lifesaving public safety drone tech IP. VCs don’t often get to say they save lives.” Read More:

This Drone Technology Might Sound a Little Creepy. But it Could Actually Save Lives

By: Dustin McKesson, Inc. Magazine, Startups | August 21st, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas: "Brain-powered drones? Don't worry. They are here to save us.” Read More:

Top 10 Internet of Things Companies Disrupting AR

May 10th, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas: "AstralAR is bringing an entirely new form of drone to the market. Astral drones can be flown with the user’s brainwaves.” Read More:

Meet Medusa and Jenny: Drones You Fly With Your Mind

By: Camille Tuutti, Next Gov Emerging Tech | March 3rd, 2017

NEW YORK, New York: "A Q & A with Astral AR's CEO Leah La Salla and CPO Mary Ceallaigh.” Read More:

Backstage Capital is Raising a Second Fund

By: Megan Rose Dickey, Tech Crunch | January 25th, 2017

LOS ANGELES, California: "Backstage Capital closed its first $5 million fund at the end of last year, which included everything from a mobile app that take pictures and turns them into nail art (NailSnaps) to a woman working on a drone that can stop bullets mid-air (Astral AR). “We’re across the board here,” Hamilton said. “That’s mostly because we want to cast that wide net and look for things that may be off the radar for others, because we can look for things so early.” [Read More:] (

Astral AR Unveils Neuromechanical Drone Piloting System

By: Astral AR | January 2nd, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas: Astral AR LLC, We combine the Internet of Things, holographic displays, and unmanned aerial vehicles to create a drone piloting system straight out of science fiction. We use devices capable of distinguishing mental commands and individual words with real-time holographic rendering of a drone’s visual feeds. We also build unmanned vehicles that integrate biometrics and holographic displays into a patent-pending, neuromechanical interface that works exactly like you think is should... Drones you fly with your mind in augmented reality ... Read More about our Neuromechanical Drone Piloting System

#ILookLikeAnEngineer Aims To Spread Awareness About Diversity In Tech

By: Megan Rose Dickey, Tech Crunch | August 3rd, 2015

LOS ANGELES, California: "Leah La Salla, working on her startup's proof of concept - an augmented reality biometrics piloted drone.” [Read More:] (