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CES 2016 – A new drone: Parrot DISCO

UPDATE: Watch Disco Drone maiden flight in Nevada!

Disco is a fascinating project: a fast, smart, ultra-light drone with around 45 minutes of flight time. This will be the first “ready-to-fly” wing-shaped drone, and the first everyone can easily pilot.

Just mount the wings to the body and throw it in the air. No piloting skills are required.

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It’s truly a drone: it connects to the Parrot ecosystem through Wi-Fi and you pilot it with the Skycontroller or the Flight Plan app using the embedded GPS for waypoints.

Disco inherits the 3-axis digital stabilization of the Bebop drone camera. This drone takes off and lands automatically for completely renewed user experience and soft, safe landings.

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Additionally, a new “Autopilot” mode mimics the flight thrills of a seasoned pilot. We are designing a totally innovative piloting system based on assisted control: the computer controls the drone and the pilot can play with the pitch without the risk of a bad maneuver or a stall.

At any time, Disco can go into “Loiter” mode and orbit around a point of interest. Compatible with immersive glasses (FPV), flying Disco will make you feel like a falcon with incredible speed and precision.

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We conceived this wing with the help of senseFly engineers, the leaders in commercial fixed wing drones. As an example, the autopilot code was tested in their HQ in Lausanne, Switzerland, and benefits from years of flight experience.

 

Our goal is to make DISCO available later this year.

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Disco Prototype specs:

  • Front nose camera FullHD 1080P
  • First person view thanks to live video stream
  • Lightweight and robust design to ease maneuverability
  • Automatic take-off and landing thanks to ground sensors
  • Easy to pilot thanks to assisted flying modes
  • Flight time around 45 minutes
  • Waypoints with Flight Plan (* in-app purchase)
  • GPS return home
  • Extended Wi-Fi range with Parrot Skycontroller
  • Detachable wings for easy transport

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Learn More on Parrot @ CES : parrot.com/ces

  • Joseph W. Homer, V

    Wonderful! Very exciting prospect!! Worried about protecting camera lense. Is it any less exposed than BEBOP’s? Should be major design consideration. Without high lense quality drone becomes useless for anything other than a toy.

  • Marty Krol

    Curious, will you be able to use it with 2.4G RC radio?

    • Christopher McKirgan

      Given Parrots’s history I’m imagining not. I was excited reading this, then saw it mentioned wifi again and was immediately disappointed. I’ve been flying the bebop over wifi is not a great drone experience.

      • TIPTOP

        For this one it’s possible

  • Josh Price

    great to see the market gap from the bebop to the sensefly ebee being addressed. look forward to using it.

    • Andy du Mipeul

      Currently, the most popular PROFESSIONAL drone is the Phantom…
      For many use cases (in agriculture, notably), an affordable (and shh, don’t say fun^^) fixed-wing drone with bolt-on SaaS data processing would be the most sensible value proposition. I think Parrot could be on to a winner here, at what is probably limited development cost (given the blended bebop+ebee DNA).

  • Albano Baptista

    I would love to test it in hard conditions!

  • http://www.talk2tony.biz/ Tony Vitale

    Hi , for those familiar with Parrots camera , Is there a method for the pilot to adjust camera angle or is it fixed, also any indication of weight?

    • Will Russell

      Yes you can change the camera angle thanks to a 180 degree fish eye lens, which means there is no mechanical movement that may destabilize the drone. It’s kind of hard to actually explain how to change the angle via text, but once you get the app it’s really easy to figure out.

      • http://www.talk2tony.biz/ Tony Vitale

        Thx Will

  • Marius

    Very nice project this Disco release. I’m very familiar with flying all kinds of RC planes: fixed wings, canard, jets, pushers, drones, FPV. It will be great to test this beautifull Parrot Disco. Consider me available to made a full review of it. :)

  • Bruce Dempsey

    50mph and then slow to what for landing? And how does it land?

    • Joseph W. Homer, V

      What shall we do about that camera lense that is the first thing to arrive at the scene of an accident?

      • Hans Knecht

        Whats about:
        – a plastic cover in front of the lense (like RV Jet)
        – place the camera sligthly up an backward to be coverd by the nose (like Skywalker X8 or http://www.uavworks.nl/data/upload/Shop/images/fx-79-1.jpg)
        – add a classic camera lense cover

        – changing the landing profile; short before impact pitch heavy up so that the plane will stall an crash first with the tail to the ground

        Just some novice ideas.

  • What’s That Product?

    Awesome looking drone.

  • ravi krishna

    what is the price of this product

  • ravi krishna

    i loved very much this product

  • Matt

    Ok, now that the pics are out we expect a chinese clone on sale in a couple of months…Eachine or such….you’d better hurry….

    • Hans Knecht

      There exist already the TBS Caipirinha from China for 1’200.- USD. But the Parrot Disco provide more features and looks better.

      • Matt

        well, x6 and x8 as well, but I mean a ready-made with the camera inside likewise they did for the parrot.

      • Ali Naeem

        Pattot Disco certainly is superb but claiming this to be the first of its kind is just not fair. There already exist others with comparable features and flight times.

    • http://darkgenesis.zenithmoon.com/ Simon (darkside) J

      After the scares with all the clone “hoverboards” (they really aren’t), I think people be wary of those knock-offs.
      The new Parrot looks fantastic!

      • NinjaNate2000

        Do you even know why it is happening? If you don’t I’ll tell you the insider story.

    • Matteo Sarti

      yep

  • Jan Peters

    What is the maximum altitude for the Disco?

    • Thinker1950

      As the range is two kilometres, then that would seem to be a reasonable answer.

      • Jan Peters

        That would count for ‘distance’ not altitude. My Bebop2 drone is limited to 150 meters altitude, that is why I was asking. I use a Skycontroller that supports that kind of distances. But thanks anyways.

  • Hans Knecht

    The Winglet detail design looks nice. It seems you invested time into the details.

    What is the maximum range of the Disco? 30 km?
    Who did you solve the breaking of rotor blades by landing?
    Which kind of battery is to use? (So fare you are free to communicate it yet)
    Which kind of aerodynamic profile is used? (So fare you are free to communicate)
    And is it possibile to install the whole electric also in a self build flying wing other self build airplane?

    P.S. In which amazing area did you test the Disco?

    • Pascal Prn

      Hans, what do you mean by aerodynamic profile ?

      • Hans Knecht

        The meaning of profile was like …
        NACA 2410
        MH 64 (http://www.mh-aerotools.de/airfoils/)
        SD7032 2% -4/75 (http://www.ig-nurfluegel.ch/SD7032.htm)

        With the profile, wing shape, weight and so on you can calculate the top speed or the optimised flight speed to stay as long as possible in air, before buying the airplane and test it. Further, with the profile you can make a judgement how stabil it will fly around the pitch axis.

  • Larry Lyons

    Looks great. I have friends who are ranchers in South Dakota. This could be a life saver for them. How much will the Disco cost?

  • Foss

    Very interesting product. You took the eBee drone, moved the camera to the nose with a slightly lower quality camera. Added manual piloting abilities that the ebee doesn’t have, and probably going to charge about $25,000 – $30,000 less for the Disco than you do the eBee. Makes me wonder why such the eBee has such an overinflated cost!?!?

  • Glenn Wolf

    how about putting some weaponry augmentation into the tablet view so you can dogfight with others or CGI enemies?

  • Alex

    @parrot how much is this going to cost

  • daniel

    can it stay steady in the air like quad copters witout moving ?

    • Thinker1950

      Well what do you think?
      Berk.

    • Trey Drier

      That’s the problem with something like this. Its impractical if its primary goal is to use it for videos. Not very useful.

    • ZineMint

      Well theoretically in a 50mph headwind it would be stationary XD

  • Tom Downes

    when is available to buy in europe

  • Ben

    what price will it be?

  • Trey Drier

    Cool looking but flawed and impractical.
    1. There is no landing gear. I looks like it crash lands so you better have a soft landing area.
    2. Since its not a quad copter, there is no way to have it stationary in the air and rotating 360 degrees for panoramic video’s and pics. That’s a big negative.
    3. It goes only one way which is straight ahead.
    4. It needs to be moving, thus what is the slowest speed it can function at without crashing?
    5. Cannot use it indoors or in tight places. It has to be WIDE OPEN or it will crash.
    I see trouble written all over this one. It will crash and break. Count on it.

    • Spencer

      Thanks for the insightful analysis. So the fixed-wing drone, which is also called an AIRPLANE, is fatally flawed since it (a) cannot fly backwards, (b) cannot hover, and (c) cannot be safely operated inside your house. You’ve saved countless drone enthusiasts who can’t tell the difference between an airplane and a helicopter from wasting their money, and perhaps from flying their fixed-wing drone into mom’s china cabinet.

      • Trey Drier

        What is it about the word “impractical” that you don’t get? What are you going to do with it when it crash lands and you’re left with little worthless pieces. But go ahead and put your money where your mouth is little man and let us know the quality of Parrot customer service and its replacement policy.

        • Spencer

          Thank you for your sage guidance Big Man; you are so very generous with it. Now I can clearly see your keen insight – it is, indeed, impractical to use a toy airplane to try to do toy helicoptery things. And I’m sure you’re right that Parrot, having worked on the development of this new drone for over two years, is tired now, and probably will leave it to us hapless customers to figure out how to land this thing without smashing it to pieces. Shameful . . .

          Little Man

          • Trey Drier

            Watch the video. Now watch how it lands. Notice the camera is in the nose of the product. Now use common sense.

    • Stew JW

      Now look at the positives. It has a much longer flight time. If a motor fails or the battery gets low it will glide down and not turn into a brick.. Its a lot faster than a multicopter. Flying wings don’t don’t need undercarriage to land and the prop should also be fine. Some experience helps here. Indeed this is designed for flying out doors thats obvious but so is most types of FPV flying. Cameras are usually rugged these days and they will have deigned it to take some crash damage but that’s going to be the same for a multicopter. If you lose control the stabilisation will keep it level and I’m sure will have programmed in a fail safe procedure. You can make 360 degree panaromic shots it can fly in circles and software these days will stitch the pictures together. With a down facing camera it could also do aerial mapping I’m sure Parrot will look into that. Flying wings are generally more rugged than multicopters if designed right, and more fun but that’s my opinion.

      • Trey Drier

        Great points. I think *experience* is the key. If one has experience flying this type of drone I’m sure it’s a more confident feeling. Your point on gliding it is cool as hell. Not sure if you can power it off in mid air but it sure would be fun. Thanks for the helpful comment!

  • Greg Gignac

    I think this dron3 has it beat. http://www.krossblade.com/store/

    • Trey Drier

      That is REALLY cool! Notice how it has landing gear vs the Parrot. Not sure what Parrot was thinking when they designed this product. The Krossblade has props for ease of take off and landing and appears to be able to hover. Hey Spencer, are you listening?

    • #Delta5

      great marketing webpage!

  • Anton H

    Will camera be able to take nadir photos?

  • Gryse Blacolar

    The drone age is beginning..

  • Jon Feder

    Parrot’s Newest Drone Has Wings – Parrot Disco
    http://top-parrot-reviews.com/

  • TAG

    Santa: so, you KNOW how good I’ve been….

  • Matteo Sarti

    whats the range and how mucch$$

  • Jose Abarca

    I hope the wifi range is at least 30 miles. The wifi range needs to match with how far the drone can go and return before the battery dies in 45 minutes.

  • Nicholas Greenfield

    could it be compatible with other remote

  • slimmmerman

    I’m curious about the price as the Sensefly eBee starts at $12,500!

  • Shane Dacich

    I am an experienced pilot of rc planes and what I see is everything an fpv pilot would want in 1 package. What is the range? I also love the transmitter with lcd screen which I believe is an option buy but I’d hate to see the price. I believe it will be very expensive. Anyway, I’d like to cogratulate you on something that will be much more fun than the monotonous quad copter. Well done!!

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