Here we go with the CES announces. Parrot bring a new flying wing to the party which looks very promising. I think in the indoor flight testing shown briefly in the video below its tethered. If its not that bit is super impressive. Folks are saying Parrot have abandoned the quad whilst forgetting that they own Sensefly and already sell wings. Perhaps this is just a more consumer focused entry. Aiming straight in fact for the FPV market. Perhaps no coincidence that the name is very close to the main player in the wing field, the TBS Discovery. A couple of shots in the video allude to Trappys style of flying.
Parrot have been working on the Disco for two years and expect to release it later this year. No word on price, it looks to be Bebop guts put in an EPO wing, personally I would have been happier with EPP.
I like the wing root V that allows it to be assembled with the wings constrained from moving back and forward. Thats from the eBee…
I wonder if the camera can take stills and at a rate fast enough for mapping. If so with a 45 minute endurance this would be an excellent GIS platform.
In fact if you know what your looking at the video is full of performance clues.
I expect Parrot will be open to tinkering as they are members of the Dronecode foundation and very quickly the Disco will have grown up uses.
Four bladed noise generators have stolen the limelight in the last couple of years, if the price of this is right (much less than the eBee) I can see this flying off the shelf towards 333 operators in the USA and folks without the time to roll their own FPV machine. If they used LoRa based long range comms as TBS has started doing with Crossfire it would tick all the boxes.
Can you tell I want one!