With a majority of today’s consumer-level drones being Hexacopters and Quadcopters that have been appreciated for their land off as well as takeoff, Parrot opted to venture into a less renowned road with its Parrot Disco FPV: which is a fixed-wing unmanned vehicle with a slightly distinct flying style.
Parrot designed this machine for every drone enthusiast with an aspiration of becoming a seasoned drone pilot or even pursuing drone piloting as a means of generating revenue for daily expenses. Parrot’s aristocratic in this section is not without example, because the company has designed fixed-wing drones for agricultural and commercial purposes for the last couple of years.
Nonetheless, this first-rate unmanned vehicle is not for land surveyors or farmers. Parrot specifically designed it for drone aficionados, beginner filmmakers, and anyone that falls in between. That said, I took the drone up to the sky to examine how it stacks up against average Quadcopters, and the result is: “I have never been so impressed by an unmanned vehicle before.”
Here is my comprehensive review of Parrot Disco.
What you will find in the package
Parrot Disco FPV comes in an orange package containing every equipment you will need to make your Parrot Disco Work. These equipment include:
- An airspeed sensor (Pivot Tube)
- 3 axis inbuilt gyroscope
- 3 axis magnetometer
- An altimeter
- An internal flash memory of 32 GB
- Open source and Linux SDK as software
You will need a lot of space to operate the Parrot Disco. I tried it out on a series of 4 baseball field, and still, it crashed as I was turning it because it hit an enormous stadium light.
This is a fixed-wing unmanned vehicle: so unlike standard Quadcopters and Hexacopters, it cannot easily hover, navigate, or rise in tight spaces.
What’s cool about Parrot Disco’s ergonomic design is the fact that it is a “fly by itself.” Obviously not full fly by itself because you will need to interact with the drone as you fly it around and about.
What I imply is, you can take this Parrot Disco out in an open field like a soccer field, throw it in the air, maneuver it around for approximately 40 minutes, fly it back, simply hit the “land button” and let the autopilot take over as it swiftly guides the Parrot Disco down to the ground in one, intact piece. Very limited Quadcopters in the marketplace can boast this feature.
Parrot Disco’s wings are also objects of interest because Parrot optimized them for speed and stability amidst fights. These wings feature aerodynamic airfoil that will come in handy in the reduction of drag and improvement of lifts.
This Drone is also a potent drone in light of it comes with a 1280 kW brushless motor that will help it reach a speed of approximately 50 miles per hour and to withstand resistance winds of up to 24 miles per hour.
Parrot Disco Flight Time
Parrot disco is an autonomous, fixed-wing unmanned vehicle: which implies that it is just like an airplane and will only move forward at all times. This is in contrast to most Quadcopters and Hexacopters because unlike the Parrot Disco: Quadcopters feature four propellers that allow them to maneuver and even fly in every direction.
Besides this only letdown, the Parrot Disco can take off, land, maintain altitude, and stick to a given flight path autonomously. Regardless of all these features, Parrot Disco will grant you a clean 45 minutes flight time at an impressive speed of 50 miles per hour. This flight time is at times higher and the pace faster, especially if you are flying in the same direction as the wind.
Parrot Disco FPV Video
To avail this perk, you’ll only need to download and install the FreeFlight Pro application on your Android or iOS. Subsequently, put on your parrot Cockpit glasses, which are immersive FPV headsets. Now simply connect to the application on your smartphone and then connect it to your Cockpit glasses.
Parrot Disco’s full high definition 1080p camera will record stunning video feeds and make you feel as if you’re flying on the Parrot Disco yourself. The skyline will turn when you turn. To be more precise, spread out your wings and live out the astounding adventure as you enjoy the Parrot Disco.
Parrot Disco FPV Range
The Parrot Disco unmanned vehicle sports an aerodynamic design that is hard to beat by every drone in its price range. It will easily fly through the air as you control it via an extended range controller. To be more precise, Parrot Disco has a control range of approximately 1.24 miles.
If this range does not astonish you, I honestly do not know what will.
Phone Application (FreeFlight Pro)
FreeFlight Pro is Parrot’s dedicate application for piloting disco drones, bebop 2, and parrot Bebop. Parrot designed the interface for use with FPV glasses, and still permit you to avail total immersion.
Parrot Disco will save all your films, photos, and routes on the phone application. You can easily download these thrilling adventures and share them with your family and friends.
With FreeFlight Pro, you will also have access to the flight plan: which is an in-app purchase that parrot designed to help you create autonomous flight plans including speed, camera angle, altitude, and much more. Basically map out your flights using hit takeoff, waypoints, and watch your Parrot Disco FPV do the rest.
Regardless of whether you are a seasoned or beginner drone pilot, you can avail a wing fixed unmanned vehicles. After all, it’s possible you will fall in love with the Parrot Disco: mainly because this drone literally flies itself.
The entire time, you will be along for the ride, and the only things you will need to worry about are setting minimum, and maximum altitude holds, flight range, and as a general rule, a big enough space that you can use as you fly and land the unmanned vehicle during your flight sessions.
Simply put, if you would like an aircraft that is easy and lots of fun to fly, fully autonomous, and with minimal to no input needed while in the air, Parrot Disco is the ticket.