Parrot, the French drone maker, has announced what can be considered to be the world’s first market-ready fixed-wing drone at CES 2016. The Parrot Disco is a ready-to-fly winged drone that offers around 45 minutes of flight time—more than enough to capture the best aerial photos and videos.
The drone has a 14-megapixel Full-HD 1080p front nose camera, but it gets better with live video stream, which offers a spectacular first person view. In the videos that Parrot showed us, the Disco drone was able to automatically take-off, although the engineer had to push the drone upward to fly.
The landing, however, was a bit odd since the drone dropped to the ground in a matter of seconds. Nevertheless, Parrot achieved something significant—it created a consumer-ready fixed-wing drone.
Flight time is around 45 minutes, and it uses a Parrot Skycontroller with extended Wi-Fi range. Another cool feature is the drone’s GPS return home button, which allows users to send the drone back in a tap. The drone is said to be light, although the design looks really robust and durable.
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Flying the drone will be effortless, thanks to its eight-inch propeller that is powered by a high-speed engine. While newbies can use the autopilot feature, serious hobbyists can also program flight plans using Parrot’s Flight Plan app. The Parrot Disco will be available later this year.