Parrot’s Disco Drone Takes Flight Next Month

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Today, Disco is official, and as it turns out, we’re not just getting a new fixed-wing drone: Parrot is bundling Disco with a complete first-person view, or FPV, system. You get the drone, a completely redesigned long-range Skycontroller, and Parrot Cockpitglasses, which turn your smartphone into an immersive display that lets you fly from the perspective of the drone itself.

Half a year after debuting a prototype at CES, Parrot’s finally ready to show off the final version of its next radical entry in the rapidly expanding drone space. The Disco marks a noted departure from both the French company’s earlier effort sand the consumer drone space in general, trading in the standard rotored configuration for a fixed wing variety designed to soar speeds up to 50 miles an hour for as long as 45 minutes.

The Disco weighs around 1.6 pounds and is constructed largely of a flexible, rugged foam. The single rear propeller does the heavy lifting, and inside you’ll find a slew of on-board sensors, including GPS/GLONASS, a barometer, magnetometer, gyroscope and accelerometer. There’s also a built-in 14-megapixel wide-angle lens with, naturally, digital stabilization.

One of the more interesting new additions is the goofily named C.H.U.C.K – that’s Control Hub & Universal Computer Kit. The system is designed to assist first time pilots, and help the drone take flight when tossed into the air, grabbing ahold of the system and circling around in the sky until it’s time for the pilot to take charge. At that point ole C.H.U.C.K takes a back seat, but continues to assist, helping keep things in check.

Two more key additions are worth noting here. First are the Cockpitglasses, a sort of Gear VR/Google Cardboard deal that works with an iPhone or Android handset, turning the Disco into a FPV system, so the users can get a view from the drone’s camera while it’s in flight, along with some real-time flight metrics via a textual overlay.

The Parrot Skycontroller 2, meanwhile, features dual joysticks and a series of customizable buttons for taking control of the drone via WiFi. All of that will run $1,300 when it launches next month.

DISCO Details

 Size : 1150 mm x 580mm x 120 mm

  •  Wingspan : 1150 mm (45 in)

Weight

  •  750gr | 26oz

Size

  •  Size : 1150 mm x 580mm x 120 mm
  •  EPP foam and carbon  tube

Performance

  • Motor 1280kv
  • Servomoteur 5V
  •  RF Receiver ready SBUS, SUMD, CPPM

GPS

  • Built-in GPS : GPS + GLONASS

Video & Image

  •  1080p Full HD camera
  •  Streaming video : 360p / 720p

Software

  •  Linux & Open source SDK for App development

Sensors

  •  Ultrasound
  •  Altimeter
  •  Optical flow camera
  • Airspeed sensor (Pitot tube)

Inertial navigation system

  •  3 axis gyroscope
  •  3 axis accelerometer
  •  3-axes magnetometer

Hardware

  • CPU Dual core Cortex A9
  •  Internal Flash Memory: 32GB

Wi-Fi and transmissions

  •  Access point network
  •  WiFi AC-type, 2 bi-band antennas (2,4 and 5GHz)
  •  Up to 2km with Parrot SKYCONTROLLER or SKYCONTROLLER 2

Removable battery

  •  2700 mAh / 25A 3 cells Lipo Battery
  •  Battery life : 45min

Parrot Skycontroller 2

  •  Weight: 500g
  •  Dimensions : 200x180x110mm
  •  2 joysticks
  •  8 shortcut buttons
  •  Battery Li-Po: 2700mAh
  •  Battery life: 240 minutes
  •  USB plug
  •  WiFi MIMO antennas

Parrot Cockpitglasses

  •  Weight : 390g
  •  FOV : 90°
  •  Compatible with a range of smartphone brands thanks to the adjustabole dock for smartphones. Compatible are smartphones with screen sizes from 4,7″ to 5,7″ and a thinkness from 6mm to 9,5mm.

For more information checkout Parrot.com

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