• The first fixed-wing drone for immersive flights

    24 August 2016

    (23 August 2016, Hong Kong) The ultra-lightweight Parrot Disco is powerful, displays impressive airborne performances: it can reach top speeds of 80km/h and offers 45 minutes of flight time.

    Previous piloting experience isn’t necessary to control the Parrot Disco. It takes-off and lands automatically and comes fully equipped with a powerful autopilot function to help control the flight. For example, when the control stick of the remote control is tilted to the right, the fixed-wing drone will curve in the same direction, while the autopilot takes care of lightly tilting the wing and increasing the speed of the engine.

    The immersive experience of the Parrot Disco is very intuitive and accessible to all. Parrot has created a first person view (FPV) headplay, Parrot Cockpitglasses, which plunges the pilot into the heart of the action by live streaming the airborne footage captured by Disco’s Full HD frontal camera.

    Parrot Disco can be flown with complete precision thanks to a new and compact remote control – Parrot Skycontroller 2. Model aircraft enthusiasts will also be able to pilot Parrot’s fixed-wing drone from their own RC controller, in full manual mode and after connecting a module1.

    Unique by its design and performance capabilities, Parrot Disco offers everyone the possibility of an immersive flight without having any technical knowledge, and the possibility to record high quality aerial shots using the fixed-wing drone’s 32 GB memory.

    Availability: end of August/early September 2016

    MSRP: HKD $9,999 (Parrot Disco + Parrot Skycontroller 2 + Parrot Cockpitglasses)

     

     

    An unique aerodynamic shape

    The ultra-compact (58cm x 115cm) Parrot Disco is a fixed-wing drone made from EPP (expanded Polypropylene) and reinforced by carbon tubes, meaning it is both lightweight (750gr) and robust.

    The Parrot Disco’s wings are especially engineered to optimize both stability and speed in flight, thanks to an exclusive aerodynamic airfoil which reduces the trail and improves the lift.

    The extremities of the wings are equipped with Winglet (the vertically hooked part) and mobile ailerons – like on the airliners – which are positioned on the trailing edge to support steering.

     

    Disco_Store3resized-USPowerful, for a unique flight experience

    Parrot Disco shows impressive flight performances. It’s propelled by a brushless engine with a folding bi-blades propeller, which can reach the speed of 80km/h and resist winds of 40km/h! To fully benefit from this unique flight experience, its Lipo battery offers up to 45min flight time.

    Parrot Disco: impressive performances and assisted piloting

    Parrot Disco includes advanced autopilot with no equivalent computing power: Parrot C.H.U.C.K (Control Hub & Universal Computer for Kit), which secures each phase of the flight thanks to its large number of sensors.

     

    Automatic take-off and landing

    To prepare the fixed-wing drone for take-off, the pilot has to simply push the switch found on the upper part of Disco nose, followed by the ‘takeoff/landing’ button of the Parrot Skycontroller 2 remote control, and finally to toss the wing towards the sky like a frisbee. Parrot Disco then takes-off, soaring automatically to an altitude of 50m/164ft, and hover in a circular motion until it receives instructions from the pilot.

    To land, the pilot must press the ‘takeoff/landing’ button of the remote control. Parrot Disco then inclines its flaps and declines 6m/19ft in altitude. At this moment, the drone will receive signals from the altimeter, the ultrasound sensor and the vertical camera, and its engine’s thrust reverses to reduce the speed to ensure a smooth landing in a straight line.

     

    Disco_Store4resized-USThe FreeFlight Pro app is available for free on AppStore and Google Play.

    Its intuitive interface enables the user to tailor the commands and flight parameters to their level. This includes speed, limitation of the altitude or distance, management of the Wi-Fi connection, the photo/video parameters, and watch video footage captured by Parrot Disco live from an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

    Parrot cloud, which is also free and integrated with in FreeFlight Pro, saves the data of each flight. FreeFlight Pro also enables to configure Parrot Skycontroller 2 in order to customize its commands.

    It also gives users access to ‘Flight Plan’ (in-App purchase option) to create automatic flights very easily.

    For more information, visit http://www.parrot.com

     

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