Parrot has unveiled the final prototype of its new “Disco” unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), what the Paris-based company says will be the first ready-to-fly, fixed-wing drone.
Parrot introduced Disco at the Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2016. According to a company video, the UAV features autopilot software, automatic takeoff and landing, and three-axis stabilization (same as in Parrot Bebop) synchronized with flight sensors.
Providing 45 minutes of flight time, the Disco has an 8-in. propeller with a high-speed engine, removable wings and a 14-megapixel front-nose camera. The drone is controlled with Parrot’s Skycontroller or Flight Plan app or with an RC controller and is also compatible with first-person-view goggles.
“Just mount the wings to the body, and throw it in the air. No piloting skills are required,” Parrot explains in its blog describing the product.
Parrot says it hopes to bring the new drone to the market later in 2016. The company notes that the Disco was created in part by senseFly, a Parrot company.
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