The Parrot Disco drone was announced at CES in January. It was one of the most impressive drones there, and was part of a show where the drones danced together (did you know Parrot’s drones are named after styles of dance?).
Today we are attending the press launch of the drone and are excited to share this hot just announced information with you.
Described as the first fixed wing drone for immersive flights, the Parrot Disco looks different to many other drones available.
Compact, ultra lightweight at 1.6lbs, and with a brushless engine and a folding bi-blades propeller the Disco can reach top speed of 50 mph. It’s flight time is an impressive 45 minutes and it can resist winds of 24 mph. We hear you can fly for an hour if you also use the wind!
Designed to be easy to use, the Disco takes off and lands automatically and comes fully equipped with a powerful autopilot function to help control the flight. It’s pretty intuitive. For example, when the remote control control stick is tilted to the right, the drone will curve to the right while the autopilot lightly tilts the wing and
increases the engine speed.
The Disco’s wings are engineered to optimize both stability and speed in flight, as they use an aerodynamic airfoil which reduces trail and improves lift. The wing extremities are equipped with Winglet and have mobile ailerons positioned on the trailing edge, supporting steering like an aircraft.
The Disco has a 14 megapixels full HD frontal camera and a 32GB memory, allowing pilots to record high quality shots.
Parrot also announced their new FPV headset “Cockpitglasses” which work with the Disco (and the Bebop 2). The pilot simply inserts their smartphone into the headset and can stream live video. The FPV experience features stable images with no distortion, and follows the Disco’s flight path with a display of radar and telemetric data.
In addition, Parrot has announced a new, compact remote control – the Skycontroller 2. This offers a 1.2 mile theoretical reach and has been designed to blur the
boundaries between gamepads and RC controllers.
Unlike it’s predecessor, the Skycontroller 2 is lightweight, compact, and very easy to handle. It can also connect to iOS and Android devices via the new FreeFlight Pro application. This provides seamless video streaming and allows the pilot to refine the drone’s settings.
Model aircraft enthusiasts may also pilot the Disco using their own RC controller in full manual mode.
The Disco drone will be available September 10 2016 and retails at $1,299 for the Disco, Skycontroller 2 and Cockpitglasses.