Parrot Debuts Disco Fixed-Wing Drone
” Fixed-wing drones have been a popular choice for things like environmental conservation and surveillance, and now Parrot is looking to expand their appeal in the consumer realm as well. On show at CES this week, its Disco drone does away with the popular quadcopter design in favor of a speedy wing-shaped model that can simply be tossed in the air to take flight.”
” Parrot had a big influence on the rise of quadcopter popularity with its iPhone-controlled AR Drone in 2010, and is now hoping its seemingly user-friendly Disco can bring it similar success. The aircraft bears some resemblance to eBee, an industrial UAV built for things like crop and wildlife monitoring by senseFly, a Swiss firm that happens to be owned by Parrot.
Disco can fly for 45 minutes and can reach a rather zippy 80 km/h (50 mph), a speed matched by few consumer drones – 3DR’s Solo drone, which can hit 89 km/h (55 mph), being one. It also features the same 14-megapixel camera with 3-axis stablization of Parrot’s Bepop 2 quadcopter, and can stream vision back to a set of virtual reality glasses to offer immersive first person flying.”