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We are glad to publish the following press release by our sponsor dronevideos.com

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Summary: Launching the first nationwide network of licensed drone video operators, dronevideos.com offers 4K Ultra HD aerial videography at affordable prices for a variety of commercial and personal uses, orderable online and shot within 24 hours notice.

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Gainesville, VA— DroneVideos.com, the first nationwide network of drone video operators, debuts to make aerial video and still photography available to everyone at affordable prices. All drone packages can be ordered online, and include a fully edited and color corrected 1:00-1:30 video shot in 4K Ultra HD to the customer’s specifications, 10-20 high-resolution still photographs, 48-hour turnaround and a 100% money-back guarantee.

Serving virtually the entire US, DroneVideos.com uses expert drone videographers who are fully insured, licensed and certified, background checked, and conform to all rules and regulations.

Purchasers can order aerial footage and photos for a variety of commercial and personal uses, including

  • dramatic perspectives of real estate for sale
  • mapping or inspection of farms and landscapes
  • panoramas of golf courses and travel destinations
  • roof inspections
  • many other applications

“For the first time, businesses and individuals can get the cinema quality videos they want, without the high cost and difficulty in finding someone they can trust to do it right,” says Chris Jesuele, CEO of DroneVideos.com. “The quality of our drone videos is our utmost priority, which is why I personally oversee and approve each finished video to ensure it’s the best it can be.”

Jesuele stresses the convenience of the DroneVideos.com fully automated website, where visitors can order customized video packages within five minutes, without having to wait for a quote or requiring any technical knowledge, or even having to be present at the shoot. One price covers everything, with never any additional or hidden fees.

Finished videos and photos are presented on a SEO friendly webpage, which can be easily shared on Facebook, Twitter and other social media with a click of a button. No technical skills required.

For more information, or to order aerial video packages, visit DroneVideos.com, where stock video footage can also be purchased. For media inquires, or to inquire about becoming a DroneVideos.com network videographer, call 1-800-303-1783 or email info@dronevideos.com

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Press release by Parrot  through realwire

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Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is an all-in-one quadcopter thermal imaging solution specifically designed for small construction businesses, thermal inspection professionals and public safety services.

Parrot Bebop-pro thermal

This solution enhances Parrot’s Professional range of business solutions, which launched earlier this year with Parrot Disco-Pro AG, Parrot Bebop-Pro 3D Modeling and, more recently, Parrot Bluegrass.

2017 has been a significant and busy year for Parrot, with the launch of the company’s Parrot Professional Range in Q2 2017. The new solutions combine Parrot’s consumer and commercial technologies and provide access to drone intelligence for small businesses and independent users. Just last month (September), Parrot also announced the global launch of two new additions to its consumer range – Parrot Mambo FPV and Parrot Bebop 2 Power.

With Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal, Parrot is once again affirming its commitment to innovating new solutions that benefit businesses with UAVs, sensors and software that embeds a new level of precision data, and can be plugged into existing industry workflows. Parrot Business Solutions is changing the way a large number of industries work and helps to improve ROI, efficiency and productivity.

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is a multipurpose quadcopter that allows construction and rescue services to safely carry out inspections, with its two embedded cameras: a full HD video camera and thermal imaging camera. 

With its front full HD video camera, this solution helps construction professionals or rescue services to visually monitor a structure or a specific area of a building, while the thermal camera captures precise and detailed thermal images – thanks to the dedicated FreeFlight Thermal app.

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Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is a compact user friendly integrated solution. It is easy to set up, easy to fly and easy to repair. It lets the user live stream, record videos and take pictures of buildings, roofs, solar panels or specific areas in visual or thermal image mode. It quickly and safely provides highly accurate information and data to identify thermal loss or thermal activity, and can be used to support key decision making. 

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal solution includes:

·         A compact quadcopter with a Full HD stabilized front facing camera, a FLIR ONE® Pro thermal camera and a 32Gb memory

·         Parrot FreeFlight Thermal app, which innovatively transmits and analyses images captured by the quadcopter’s cameras

·         A long range remote control Parrot Skycontroller 2

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal: a reliable and powerful quadcopter

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is based on the all new Parrot Bebop 2 Power quadcopter, which has been modified to benefit industry professionals.

Lightweight and compact, the quadcopter can be easily carried on any site, and is ready to operate in just minutes. Thanks to the Parrot Skycontroller 2’s long range, the pilot can control the drone with precision from a safe distance from a hot spot without any risk[1]. 

Images are captured by the Parrot Bebop-Pro’s Full HD 14MP front camera and the thermal camera positioned in a dedicated module at the back of the drone. 

Parrot FreeFlight Thermal: Analyses and reveals thermal contrasts

In addition to the Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal settings and flight parameters, the FreeFlight Thermal app streams images from both cameras on the quadcopter (front and thermal) directly to a connected tablet. At any time during flight, the pilot can switch from a thermal image to a HD image, record video footage, and store captured content directly to the drone’s 32GB memory.

·         Thermal imaging

Lightweight (36.5 gr) and compact, the thermal camera is equipped with two sensors. This includes a RGB sensor (1440x1080p), capturing exactly what the drone can see, and a thermal sensor (160x120p), which measures temperature differences.

Data from both sensors are combined by the FreeFlight Thermal app to create precise and detailed images. Edge surrounding details are highlighted in the image, and areas with thermal loss or hot spots can be immediately identified. Touching one part of the connected tablet’s screen will show the estimated thermal temperature captured by the sensors.

3 imaging thermal setting modes* are available:

·         Standard: Thermal images, from red (160°) to blue (10°) scale are displayed, for quick identification of thermal losses.

·         Dynamic: The thermal colour scale is adapted to the ambient temperature. This allows the user to benefit from an accurate view of the thermal losses. High temperatures are highlighted in red, and cooler temperatures are displayed in blue.

·         Hotspot: This mode is adapted for fire safety professionals and emergency search and rescue specialists. Only the highest temperatures recorded are highlighted and combined with the RGB image.

*Users can play video recorded using another colour scale setting and export them in a standard video format.

·         Visual inspection

The Full HD 14MPx front facing stabilised camera of the Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal enables a visual inspection of a building, and lets the pilot to obtain videos and pictures to understand the condition of a building. Files can be saved and used to provide evidence of a building’s damage and estimate costs. 

Who is the Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal designed for?

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is a complete and multipurpose solution perfectly adapted for building professionals (roofers, insulation or thermal inspection specialists’), photovoltaic panel installers, and civil public safety services – such as firefighters or search & rescue. 

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal enables users to obtain an overview of the thermal losses of a building’s facade, roof or solar panels quickly and efficiently, without the need for complex and expensive material installation (ladders, scaffolding, etc.) 

Public Safety Services will be able to monitor a hot spot and, depending on results obtained, send a rescue team and materials required on site, and minimise risk.

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal pack is available to purchase in November 2017 from professional drone resellers, specialist construction resellers and at www.parrot.com.

MAP.1.350£ ex. VAT

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal pack includes:

·         1 Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal drone

·         1 FLIR ONE® Pro thermal camera

·         FreeFlight Thermal* app

·         1 Parrot Skycontroller 2, long range remote control

·         3 Lithium Polymer batteries (25 minute flight time per battery[2])

·         2 chargers

·         1 back pack

* App compatible with tablets running on Android. iOS version of the app available soon. 

[1] Please check local regulations before flying.

[2] Flight time depends on weather conditions and manoeuvers.

For more info, please visit www.Parrot.com.

About Parrot Drones

Parrot Drones is a subsidiary of Parrot, founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux. 

Parrot creates, develops and markets advanced technology wireless products for consumers and professionals. The company builds on a common technological expertise to innovate and develop in three primary markets:

·         Civil drones: With recreational drones and solutions for professional use.

·         Connected objects: With a focus on audio and gardening.

·         Automotive: With the most extensive range of hands-free communication and infotainment systems for vehicles on the market.

 Headquartered in Paris, Parrot currently employs more than 700 people worldwide and generates the majority of its sales overseas.

 Parrot has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 – PARRO)

Stay tuned on the Personal Drones Blog for the latest quadcopter and multirotor news!

Press release by Parrot  through realwire

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Parrot Bluegrass The Multipurpose Quadcopter Solution For Agriculture

Parrot Bluegrass is the first Parrot quadcopter specifically designed for agriculture, and is the latest Business Solution from Parrot joining and complementing the Parrot Professional range. This includes the Parrot Disco-Pro AG & Parrot Bebop Pro-3D Modeling, which launched earlier this year, and more recently – Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal.

Parrot Bluegrass

2017 has been a significant and busy year for Parrot, with the launch of the company’s Parrot Professional range in Q2 2017. The new solutions combine Parrot’s consumer and commercial technologies and provide access to drone intelligence for small business and independent users. Just last month (September), Parrot also announced the global launch of two new additions to its consumer range – Parrot Mambo FPV and Parrot Bebop 2 Power.

 With the launch of Parrot Bluegrass, Parrot is once again affirming its commitment to innovating new solutions that benefit businesses with UAVs, sensors and software that embeds a new level of precision data, and can be plugged into existing industry workflows. Parrot Business Solutions is changing the way a large number of industries work and helps to improve ROI, efficiency and productivity.   

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Parrot Bluegrass is a multipurpose quadcopter designed for agriculture professionals, and helps farmers improve their ROI, using its two embedded cameras; video camera and multispectral sensor. With its front Full HD video camera, this solution lets users visually monitor the farm’s infrastructure, land and herds. It also enables farmers to get a full overview and detect problem areas in all types of crop fields quickly and efficiently, thanks to its multispectral sensor designed for Precision Agriculture, Parrot Sequoia, and the easy to use processing cloud platform – AIRINOV FIRST+.

Parrot Bluegrass can automatically cover up to 30 hectares at 70 m / 230 ft. flight altitude per battery use. It can also fly at low altitudes, optimising crops that may require precise mapping. 

Parrot Bluegrass

Parrot Bluegrass is a user friendly integrated solution especially designed for farmers. It is easy to set up, easy to fly with its Pix4Dcapture autonomous flight capability, easy to process data with AIRINOV FIRST+, and easy to maintain and repair.

Parrot Bluegrass Agricultural Solution includes:

·         A powerful and easy to handle quadcopter equipped with a full HD front camera and embedded Parrot Sequoia advanced multispectral sensor.

·         Flight planning mobile application with Pix4Dcapture

·         Data processing with AIRINOV FIRST+ cloud platform

·         A long range remote control Parrot Skycontroller 2 

Parrot Bluegrass: The quadcopter designed for agriculture

·         Precision Agriculture

Parrot Bluegrass is a robust quadcopter weighing just 1.9 kg. It is fully-equipped with a powerful, on-board computing system, as well as embedding the Parrot Sequoia – an advanced multispectral sensor for Precision Agricultural solutions facilitating crop analysis. 

·         Autonomous flight and mapping

Parrot Bluegrass includes Pix4Dcapture, the world’s first planning app that enables farmers to precisely define the specific plot they want to map. 

The user adapts the flight parameters according to the precision needed and the type of crops. 

The entire flight, from take-off to landing[1], is automated by the quadcopter and the images captured by its frontal Full HD 14MP camera are streamed live on the screen of a connected tablet. 

·         Manual observation flight

As a multipurpose tool, Parrot Bluegrass can also be piloted manually using the included Parrot Skycontroller 2 Wi-Fi remote control, which provides a 2km range, with the capability to statically hover and inspect 

The solution lets farmers observe their crops from new heights and capture video footage of their land, infrastructure or livestock thanks to the drone’s HD frontal camera. Users can also inspect areas that are invisible at eye-level, identify suffering parcels or potential issues that are often missed on the ground. 

Parrot Sequoia, a miniaturized multispectral solution made for drones

Parrot Sequoia embedded in Parrot Bluegrass provides a complete and accurate multispectral imagery solution for drones that captures images of crops in both visible and invisible spectrums.

The solution consists of:

·         A multispectral sensor with GPS, that automatically records images of crops in four distinct spectral bands: green (500nm Bandwidth 40nm), red (660nm Bandwidth 40nm), red-Edge (735nm Bandwidth 10nm) and near Infrared (790nm Bandwidth 40nm).

·         A sensor equipped with a RGB camera (16 MP)

·         An internal 64GB memory to store captured images

·         A luminosity sensor (‘sunshine’ sensor) that detects lighting conditions and automatically calibrates collected data with the multispectral sensor data during the computer processing phase.

AIRINOV FIRST+, the mapping and analysing platform for multispectral images

AIRINOV FIRST+ online platform enables users to process and analyse the data and images captured by Parrot Sequoia. 

In just a few hours, the farmer receives a turnkey report composed of orthomosaic NDVI maps (absolute and adjusted) and zoning (simple and detailed). This provides a precise view of the biomass (density of vegetation) and relative health of the crops, helping professionals to determine which areas need specific attention. Professionals can use these insights to understand which areas require the most maintenance and track the effects and evolution of the farm with high precision. 

With Parrot Bluegrass, farmers and agriculture cooperatives keep the control of the data captured by the quadcopter and the analysis of these data is directly delivered to them, with no intermediary.

Who is the Parrot Bluegrass designed for?

Parrot Bluegrass is a multi-purpose business solution to help agriculture and horticulture professionals, farmers and independents make informed decisions.

With the embedded Parrot Sequoia advanced multispectral sensor enables Precision Agriculture mapping and data analysis of crops, combined with Parrot Bluegrass’s ability to fly at low altitude gives optimization for fruit crops.

Its front camera, together with the possibility to do static flights, facilitate the observation of livestock or specific areas of land or terrain. 

Parrot Bluegrass will be available in November 2017 at drone resellers, farming outlets, agricultural technology specialists and www.parrot.com  

MAP: £4.500ex VAT

Parrot Bluegrass pack content:

·         1 Parrot Bluegrass quadcopter

·         1 Parrot Sequoia

·         1 Parrot Skycontroller 2

·         1 Backpack

·         3 Batteries Lithium Polymer (25min per battery)

·         2 Chargers

·         1 Year license to AIRINOV FIRST+

·         1 Month access to Pix4Dag

[1]Please check local regulations before flying.

About Parrot Drones

Parrot Drones is a subsidiary of Parrot, founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux.

Parrot creates, develops and markets advanced technology wireless products for consumers and professionals. The company builds on a common technological expertise to innovate and develop in three primary markets:

·         Civil drones: With recreational drones and solutions for professional use.

·         Connected objects: With a focus on audio and gardening.

·         Automotive: With the most extensive range of hands-free communication and infotainment systems for vehicles on the market.

Headquartered in Paris, Parrot currently employs more than 700 people worldwide and generates the majority of its sales overseas.

Parrot has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 – PARRO)

For more information, please visit www.parrot.com

Stay tuned on the Personal Drones Blog for the latest quadcopter and multirotor news!

A press release by Parrot, through Realwire

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Compact, ultra-light, agile and easy to pilot, the Parrot Mambo is THE ultimate fun-to-fly minidrone – and now provides a unique FPV racer experience!

Parrot Mambo FPV

Thanks to its FPV HD camera, the all new Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 (FPV goggles) and accompanying Parrot Flypad piloting controller, the Parrot Mambo FPV opens the pilot to an exciting world of fully immersive, drone racing experiences.

Ideal to fly indoors and outside in the garden, the Parrot Mambo FPV transforms its environment into a giant playground – turning everyday items around the home into obstacles and racetracks.

It also comes fully equipped with a range of brand new piloting modes, perfect to train yourself before a big race, and Parrot Mambo FPV’s new power battery provides up to 10 minutes of flight time*.

The Parrot Mambo FPV creates an all new flying experience, putting you at the heart of the cockpit, and into the role of the drone’s pilot!

Parrot Mambo FPV is available in September 2017 at Argos, Currys, Amazon.co.uk and at parrot.com.
MSRP: £159

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Minidrone FPV, ultimate flying experience!

Piloting the Parrot Mambo FPV transforms any room indoors into a race track!

Mambo FPV

Miniature HD Camera for live streaming and video recording

An HD camera (120° FOV) easily attaches to the top of the Parrot Mambo FPV drone using Smart Block technology, and a microSD card (not included) can be inserted to store recorded pictures and video footage.

The drone’s view is transmitted to an inserted smartphone, ideal for exploring surroundings and creating short videos (720p format) to share with friends. Thanks to the live streaming feature and the Parrot Cockpitglasses 2, the immersive flight experience is at the control of the pilot.

The Parrot Cockpitglasses 2, the ultimate and immersive birdseye view

Insert your smartphone (up to 6” in size) into the Parrot Cockpitglasses 2, which are compact, lightweight and foldable.

Their innovative design provides comfort and an optimal immersive experience, thanks to its adjustable interpupillary distance and a wide field of view of 96°.

When worn, you are fully immersed at the heart of action as the Parrot Mambo FPV soars through doorframes, weaves beneath furniture, turns right and left, and crosses the finish line. Your surroundings will pass before your eyes as you enjoy every second of this incredible flight.

Expert or beginner pilots, everyone has their own style

Parrot Mambo is a quadcopter that offers awesome flight stability. Similar to the entire Parrot drone range, the Parrot Mambo embeds the highest performing technologies and an ultra-powerful autopilot. Quick and agile, it delivers bursts of speeds of up to 30km/h – and as an expert of stunt flying, a range of airborne acrobatics!

Easy to handle and agile, the Parrot Mambo comes with three piloting modes especially designed to suit all skillsets – from beginner to expert. This includes:

·         Easy: the ideal mode for those at the early stages of piloting a drone. Everything is under control in this mode, making sure that the Parrot Mambo is stabilised both horizontally and vertically – and the autopilot assists you on each manoeuver.

·         Drift: The horizontal stabilization is disconnected. The Parrot Mambo flies with quick precision and performs sharp turns – creating a truly dynamic piloting experience.

·         Racing: This is the ultimate race mode. The autopilot is completely disconnected and piloting is at your complete control. The Parrot Mambo in Racing Mode doesn’t provide any assistance, stability is completely managed by you, and all the flight settings are in your experienced hands.

Parrot Flypad, high-precision performance

Piloting via the FreeFlight Mini app, Parrot Mambo FPV is also equipped, as a standard, with the Parrot Flypad controller.

It offers precise piloting thanks to the customisable joystick and button controls, with an accompanying reach of up to 100 meters.

Parrot Mambo FPV includes a new Power battery, offering up to 10 min. flight time in one charge (without accessory).

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Code your Parrot Minidrone

Did you know? Parrot Education has been created by Parrot to support academic and non-profit institutions to enable the adoption of drone use in classrooms, labs and fields.
Parrot Education developed strong collaborations with renowned companies so educators can teach students STEM skills, such as geometry, science, art, physics and coding, and so kids can continue to learn coding at home.

·         Parrot is featured in Swift Playgrounds, the free iPad app from Apple. With Parrot’s new playground, available in six languages, kids (and adults) can program and control Parrot drones using real Swift code. (https://www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds/).

·         Tynker strengthened its partnerships with Parrot by deploying its curriculum on tablets, in six languages and in making a new offer available to any private individuals, so the apprenticeship can continue at home, after school. (https://www.tynker.com/learn-to-code/code-this-drone/).

·         Workbench had built a revolutionary platform which connects educators from all over the world so they can share their activities within the educational community. The “Parrot Flight School” now makes it possible to write code and to control your drone directly from a web browser.

For more information on Parrot Education: http://edu.parrot.com

Parrot Mambo FPV is available in September 2017 at leading consumer electronic stores, e-commerce websites and at parrot.com.

Parrot Mambo FPV pack includes:

·         1 Parrot Mambo
·         1 FPV HD camera
·         1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 2
·         1 Parrot Flypad
·         1 set of propeller’s protection
·         1 High Capacity Battery
·         1 USB/Micro USB cable
·         1 Quick start guide

Parrot Mambo is from now available in 3 versions:

Parrot Mambo Fly

1 Parrot Mambo
1 set of propeller protectors
1 Battery
1 USB/Micro USB cable
1 Quick start guide

£99

Parrot Mambo Mission

1 Parrot Mambo
1 Cannon
1 Grabber
1 Clip
1 Parrot Flypad
1 set of propeller protectors
1 Power Battery
1 USB/Micro USB cable
1 Quick start guide

£139

Parrot Mambo FPV

1 Parrot Mambo
1 FPV HD camera
1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 2
1 Parrot Flypad
1 set of propeller protectors
1 Power battery
1 USB/Micro USB cable
1 Quick start guide

£159

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For more information please visit parrot.com

About Parrot Drones

Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot creates, develops and markets advanced technology wireless products for consumers and professionals.

The company builds on a common technological expertise to innovate and develop in three primary markets:
·         Civil drones: With recreational drones and solutions for professional use.
·         Connected objects: With a focus on audio and gardening.
·         Automotive: With the most extensive range of hands-free communication and infotainment systems for vehicles on the market.

Headquartered in Paris, Parrot currently employs more than 700 people worldwide and generates the majority of its sales overseas.

Parrot has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 – PARRO) — www.parrot.com

Stay tuned on the Personal Drones Blog for the latest quadcopter and multirotor news!

A press release by Parrot through realwire

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  • Launched In 2016 In The US, Parrot Education Is Now Expanding Worldwide With Programs For Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Field Researchers And Developers.
  • Parrot Strengthens Its Collaborations With Renowned EDU Players

Parrot Education has been created by Parrot to support academic and non-profit institutions to enable the use of drones in classrooms, labs and fields. Launched one year ago in the US, the program today works with more than 400 schools and 50 major universities across North America that use Parrot products as part of their curriculum. Now, the program will expand to make Parrot educational content available worldwide!

Key collaborations with major players

Parrot Education has developed strong collaborations with renowned companies so educators can teach students essential STEM skills, such as mathematics, science, art, physics and coding, and so kids can continue to learn coding at home.

Apple

Parrot is featured in Swift Playgrounds, the free iPad app from Apple. With Parrot’s new playground, which is available in six languages, kids (and adults) can program and control Parrot drones using real Swift code. (https://www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds/)

Tynker

Tynker strengthened its partnerships with Parrot by deploying its curriculum on tablets in six languages and in making a new offer available for any private individuals, so the apprenticeship can continue at home, after school. (https://www.tynker.com/learn-to-code/code-this-drone/)

Workbench

Workbench offers a revolutionary platform that connects educators from all over the world so they can share their activities within the educational community. The “Parrot Flight School” now makes it possible to write code and to control a drone directly from a web browser.

Mathworks

MathWorks has provided hardware support from MATLAB® and Simulink® for Parrot drones with the Embedded Coder® target for Parrot AR.Drone 2.0. MathWorks is also assisting Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Sertac Karaman, and other researchers, to use Parrot Minidrones to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on feedback control.

Parrot Education Resources

Resources developed by Parrot include multi-drone teaching bundles, educational discounts, software applications and curriculum partners for instructional resources.

Education pack

Schools and academic institutions can purchase education packs online in the US, Canada and Europe. Parrot is looking for education-oriented distributors to make the offer available everywhere.

Education discount

Any private individual, as they have a project linked to education or development, can benefit from special offers after submitting the details of their project online.

Partner program

Schools and universities can become a Parrot Education partner and pass on education pricing benefits to their students on all Parrot products. The first major partner is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specialising in aviation and aerospace.

Parrot, the perfect partner for Education

Schools or universities that include robotics or drones in their curriculum often do not have the right hardware to work with, and researchers are always looking for new ways to test.

From primary schools to PhDs, drones offer an astonishing new perspective with countless applications. Parrot has a large portfolio of safe, reliable, robust, reparable, affordable and programmable drones, completed by a range of advanced sensors and software to meet these needs.

K-12

Parrot Education’s Minidrones-coding curriculum is currently used in more than 400 schools in North America. Parrot has designed complete courses, like teaching code using blocks and using an advanced language like Swift.

“Parrot drones have created amazing STEM opportunities in my classroom taking our coding and engineering to new heights!”
Brad Lowell, 5th grade science and STEM teacher, Fall Creek Intermediate School in Fishers, Indiana.

“The integration of Parrot Minidrones within our STEM curriculum enables us to engage our students in hands-on problem solving experiences where they apply coding, engineering, and making skills in fun and creative ways.”
Michael A. Lincoln, Information Technology/Media Design Educator/Speaker

“Parrot Minidrones have been instrumental throughout all of our drone stem summer camp programs. Our participants and instructors can easily fly and code the Minidrones as they attempt and accomplish valuable and exciting flight challenges. In the end the Parrot Minidrones are an excellent teaching tool and fully support our overall goal of STEM learning through the portal of drone technology.”
Robert Elwood, Founder & CEO, Drobots Company

Higher education & Collegiate

High schools, community and technical colleges are becoming more interested in adopting drones, and those already using them are keen to expand their programs. 50 major American universities like Berkeley, MIT and Stanford work with Parrot Education.

“The Beaver Works Summer Institute was created at the MIT to give highly motivated STEM students the chance to tackle complex, hands-on engineering projects. This year we’ve added two more projects in which students can explore applications for autonomy and artificial intelligence. At the BWSI grand finale competitions August 6 at MIT, students in the autonomous UAV course will fly their Parrot quadrotors autonomously through an obstacle course.”
Bob Shin, director of MIT Beaver Work Initiative

Field researchers

Drones make it possible to collect high-resolution geospatial data and this technology is transforming field research. Parrot Education supports faculty, postdocs, graduate students, technicians and undergraduate field assistants in their work.

Parrot partnered with the research group of Dr. Todd Dawson, faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, to promote innovation and the use of drone technology in measuring and monitoring forest ecosystems. The project took a unique approach in studying the architecture and hydraulics, or how water flows, through the massive sequoia trees. The goal being to better understand how individual sequoias have survived for centuries and how they will continue to survive in the future under a changing climate.

Developers

Parrot gives developers access to EDU discounts, a free SDK and real-time simulator for all their drones. Everything comes with full documentation and sample code in most common programming languages.

Focused on App development, Parrot SDK enables developers to have direct contact with Parrot engineers and a community of more than 4,000 users who are already registered.

For more information: edu.parrot.com

Press release by Parrot

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Set off into the great outdoors and discover new horizons with the limited edition Parrot Bebop 2 and Parrot Disco Adventurer packs.

 Both packs are tailor made for adventurers and designed to meet the demands of a new generation of explorer, equipped with lightweight, ergonomic backpacks that include all of the flying essentials. This includes: 

·         Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer: a Parrot Bebop 2 quadcopter; a Parrot Skycontroller 2 controller; one pair of Parrot Cockpitglasses FPV goggles; one battery offering 25 minutes of flight time; and the Follow Me GPS and visual tracking app

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·         Parrot Disco Adventurer: a Parrot Disco fixed wing drone; a Parrot Skycontroller 2 controller; one Parrot Cockpitglasses FPV goggles; two batteries offering up to 90 minutes of flight time; the Flight Plan app, to create autonomous flight

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You’ll never miss a shot using Follow Me or Flight Plan app, which is free to download as part of the Adventurer Packs. Soar your drone over unexplored spaces and take pictures of the world around you from new heights. 

Price and availability:

The limited edition Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer pack is available from June 2017 at major retailers and parrot.com

MSRP: £519.99 

The limited edition Parrot Disco Adventurer pack is available, from June 2017 at parrot.com

MSRP: £879.99

Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer: Set off on a journey!

Lightweight (500 gr), ultra-compact and easy to carry in a specially designed, ergonomic Adventurer backpack – the Parrot Bebop 2 is ideal for the great outdoors.

Equipped with a number of sensors, Parrot Bebop 2 can be piloted easily via the Parrot FreeFlight Pro app or Parrot Skycontroller remote control for more accurate handling.

The drone’s flight stability and maneuverability are impressive and unrivaled. Reaching speeds of up to 60km/h and offering up to 25 minutes[2] of flight time – it is truly powerful! 

·         Capture your exploits in full HD

Parrot Bebop 2 is equipped with a 14MP front camera with a fish-eye lens, to capture your flight in Full HD videos and photographs, without any distortion. 

Want to take to the skies and discover a bird’s eye view of the world with an adventure partner? Place the FPV Parrot Cockpitglasses[1] on and enjoy the spectacle!

·         It will follow you as your shadow

The all in one Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer pack enables you to benefit from Parrot Follow Me GPS and visual tracking app. Participating in sports and activities such as running, climbing, mountain biking, or if you want to take a ‘dronie’ with friends, start the ‘Follow Me’ feature and Parrot Bebop 2 will shadow you, keeping you at the centre of the image. To capture recorded videos, the app gives access to pre-registered movements – including Zenith, Orbit, Parabola, Boomerang and more…

Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer pack is available, as a limited edition, from June 2017 in stores and at parrot.com

Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer Pack content: 1 Parrot Bebop 2; 1 Parrot Skycontroller; 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses; 1 Parrot Follow Me GPS and visual tracking app; 1 backpack. 

Parrot Disco Adventurer: An intense flying experience!

With a delta wing fuselage, Parrot Disco offers an extraordinary flying experience.

Lightweight (750gr) and compact, the drone can be piloted easily with the Skycontroller 2 remote control and offers up to 2km range[1]. Its autopilot feature manages the Parrot Disco’s take-off and landing autonomously, and assists you during the entire flight – ensuring you can be focused on enjoying the flying experience.

Its engine power and the unique aerodynamic wings allow the Parrot Disco to reach impressive speeds of 80km/h, while its battery offers up to 45 minutes[2] of extreme sensations. 

·         Explore the world!

During your flight, the front 14MP Full HD camera will live stream the beautiful landscape you fly over via a connected tablet or smartphone. For an intense experience, put the Parrot Cockpitglasses FPV goggles, and you’ll be immersed at the heart of the action. Each turn, each nosedive, each speed acceleration of the Parrot Disco will give you a rush of adrenalin.

·         Create perfect flights

Parrot Disco Adventurer Pack comes with the Flight Plan[1] app to create tailor made flight paths. Choose a map and select the different points to be followed by the drone, adjust the flight altitude and the camera settings – including video recording, angle of the camera, etc.

The flight plan can also be set before going to the area selected to perform the flight. Once on site, let the Parrot Disco take-off and it will follow the path you defined. If a path or camera movement is not as you require, you can save your flight plans on the app and you can adjust or change the entire path, or only few parts, and repeat the flight as you wish.

After a flight, remove the Parrot Disco wings and place the drone, including all accessories, into the dedicated backpack.

Parrot Disco 2 Adventurer pack is available, as a limited edition, from June 2017 at parrot.com 

Parrot Disco Adventurer Pack: 1 Parrot Disco; 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2;1 Parrot Cockpitglasses; 2 batteries (up to 90 min of flight time); 1 Flight Plan app; 1 backpack. 

[1] Please check local regulations before flying with a drone.

[2] Theoretical flight time for one battery fully charged. Flight time may change depending on product use, maneuvers managed and weather conditions. 

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Fly responsibly!

Expert and novice pilots should take responsibility when commanding a leisure drone and respect the rules and regulations. 

To fully enjoy a drone flight, Parrot recalls some usual rules:

– Never lose sight of your drone;

– Do not approach or film people without their consent;

– Be very careful to privacy;

– Do not exceed the maximum authorized altitude in your country;

– Do not fly near airports, military bases, industrial zones and other sensitive areas;

– Do not fly over populated and urban areas;

– Do not fly in rain, snow, fog, strong wind or at night;

– Do not fly over stations, rails lines and highways.

Access safety instructions here

Parrot recommends you always take note of the local regulations.

Press Release

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MicroPilot autopilots have achieved STANAG 4586 compatibility through integration with Lockheed Martin’s unmanned systems software ecosystem.

June 1st, 2017 – Stony Mountain, Canada – Working with Lockheed Martin CDL Systems, MicroPilot Inc. has developed a Vehicle Specific Module (VSM) to communicate with STANAG 4586 compliant ground control station (GCS) software. This will enable MicroPilot customers to utilize Lockheed Martin’s many previously unavailable tools as part of its unmanned systems software ecosystem with over 1.5 million flight hours worldwide.

Micropilot autopilotMicropilot autopilot

STANAG 4586 is a NATO standard interface for Unmanned Control System and UAV interoperability. MicroPilot was able to cooperate with Lockheed Martin CDL Systems to create the VSM to make MicroPilot autopilot’s able to communicate with Lockheed Martin’s mGCS software, which is STANAG 4586 compliant.

“We are pleased that MicroPilot has invested in to STANAG 4586 compatibility and specifically integration with Lockheed Martin CDL Systems.” Says John Molberg, Business Development manager at CDL systems. “We are two proud companies who have been in the unmanned systems market for decades. This investment allows Micropilot customers access to our unmanned systems software ecosystem. Users can utilize our STANAG 4586 enabled software, such as our mobile Ground Control Station, optimized for controlling multiple disparate small UAS systems for military, civil and commercial uses. Further, these users are now immediately compatible with our Hydra Fusion Tools companion software which creates a complete spatial picture of a drone’s operational environment, including the ability to create real-time 3D maps.”

MicroPilot customers now have more options and utilities than ever to get the most out of their MicroPilot autopilots and the STANAG 4586 compatibility provides opportunities and attractive options for new customers as well.

About MicroPilot

Started in 1994, with 1000 clients in over 85 countries, MicroPilot is the world leader in professional autopilots for UAVs and MAVs. MicroPilot is an ISO 9001 autopilot manufacturer to bring to market an ISO 9001 sub 30 gram autopilot, triple redundant autopilot, and full-function general purpose autopilot. MicroPilot offers a family of lightweight UAV autopilots that can fly fixed-wing, transitional, helicopter, and multirotor UAVs. MicroPilot also provides complementary products such as the XTENDERmp SDK, and trueHWIL2.

Press release by Parrot

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Parrot develops its commercial drone offer with end-to-end solutions dedicated to small & medium business.

  • Complete and multi-purpose decision-making tools especially designed for agriculture and architecture / engineering / construction professionals.
  • A new entry- level “prosumer” range built on parrot’s commercial offer across drones, sensors, software and services.

Parrot is expanding in the commercial civil drone industry since 2012 via stakes and acquisitions in selected companies such as AIRINOV, MicaSense, Pix4D, senseFly as well as the creation of its specialized UAV service platform Air Support. The Group is combining a range of advanced and renowned solutions bringing high-value data and models meeting the needs of professionals in precision agriculture for farmers and agronomists; mapping and inspection for industries such as construction, real estate, architecture as well as GIS for humanitarian, environmental, mining and public services.

 Parrot BEBOP-PRO 3D ModelingParrot BEBOP-PRO 3D Modeling

Parrot has identified commercial activities where its drones –proposed with a complete solution– are focused on providing efficiency and knowledge to save time, perform better and generate more revenue/business.

 BEBOP PRO-2D Modeling PackshotBEBOP PRO-2D Modeling Packshot

Parrot, which is covering the entire drone ecosystem (from drones to sensors, including piloting and data processing software, as well as recommendations and services) decided to extend its commercial offer with the creation of its Parrot Professional range dedicated to small and medium business.

Parrot Professional solutions are “end-to-end” tools, reliable and affordable. They are built on Parrot’s consumer drones, which have already demonstrated their maneuverability, robustness and ease-of- piloting and incorporate precision sensors and software for SMEs and independents to use by themselves and start benefiting from the advanced capabilities developed for larger businesses.

Agriculture is one of the first business sectors where the use of drones has the most potential. UAVs enable to better manage production and yields. Drones, sensors and analytics software make it possible to fly over and map vast crops in little time to collect relevant data at the precision of the micro-parcel.
o With Parrot Disco-Pro AG, Parrot offers farmers and small agricultural cooperatives an “end-to-end” solution to easily and quickly obtain reliable information on the state of their crops, such as wheat, barley, colza, corn…

Parrot DISCO-PRO AG Parrot DISCO-PRO AG

Construction and real estate

UAVs make it possible to survey, monitor and reach hard to access areas by capturing pictures, recording videos and generating 3D models.

Parrot has developed two “end-to-end” solutions:

  • A thermal imaging solution, Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal, enabling inspection and thermal detection companies, roofers, plumbers, building workers, and also firefighters, to get thermal and radiometry information, live and/or in pictures.
  • The second solution, Parrot Bebop-Pro 3D Modeling, is especially targeted at professionals including real-estate agents, architects, craftsmen and property insurance brokers… and enables them to easily create promotional videos or interactive 3D models, to build quotes of a building, to supervise a worksite and to print 3D models.

    This first set of entry-level end-to-end professional UAV solutions highlights Parrot‘s commitment to the civil commercial drones market. With an extensive range covering both consumer and commercial drones’ ecosystem (UAVs, sensors, software, services) and now “prosumer” systems, Parrot reaffirms its ambition to expand as a leading player on the civil drones market.

    Agriculture

  • ‘End-to-end’ solution for SMEs
    o Parrot Disco-Pro AG: tool to get reliable information on the state of crops like cereals (wheat, barley, colza, corn). It includes Parrot Disco-Pro + Parrot Sequoia + Parrot Skycontroller 2 + Pix4Dcapture app + 1 year license ‘AIRINOV FIRST+’ + 3 batteries + 1 backpack
  • Commercial drone
    o eBee SQ by senseFly: advanced agricultural drone that captures actionable crop data across four multispectral bands, plus RGB imagery, and that can fly for up to 55 minutes allowing it to cover hundreds of acres in a single flight.
  • Sensors
    o Parrot Sequoia: miniaturized multispectral imagery solution for drones that captures images from crops in both visible and invisible spectrums.
    o MicaSense RedEdge: multispectral sensor that captures specific wavebands needed for accurate plant health analysis.
  • Software
    o Pix4Dcapture: the flight planning mobile app.
    o Pix4Dag: drone mapping software for precision agriculture.
    o eMotion Ag: agriculture-focused version of senseFly’s proprietary flight and data management software.
  • Services
    o AIRINOV: fast and easy-to-use precision ag cloud mapping platform to analyse captured data and get valuable agronomic smart zoning maps.
    o MicaSense: combining powerful sensors with cloud processing and analytics to help growers more effectively manage their crops.

Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)

  • ‘End-to-end’ solution for SMEs
    o Parrot Bebop-Pro 3D Modeling: tool for measure and 3D modeling. It includes 1 Parrot Bebop 2 + 1 year license Pïx4Dmodel + 3 batteries + 1 backpack
    o Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal: thermal imagery tool. It includes Parrot Bebop-Pro + 1 FLIR ONE Pro + Parrot Skycontroller 2 + Thermal app + 3 batteries + 1 backpack
  • Commercial drones
    o albris by senseFly: sensor-rich inspection and close mapping drone with the widest camera breadth of any civilian platform.
    o eBee Plus by senseFly: large-coverage photogrammetric fixed-wing mapping drone featuring RTK/PPK upgradeability for survey-grade accuracy on demand.
  • Software
    o eMotion 3: senseFly’s advanced ground station software, which makes flight planning and data management a breeze.
    o Pix4Dcapture: the flight planning mobile app
    o Pix4Dbim: to analyse, share and integrate as-built site data with BIM
    o Pix4Dmodel: creation of 3D models from drone images
  • Service
    o Air Support: digital drone services provider with online data analytics toolset to deliver 3D modeling solutions for building, construction and real estate projects.

About Parrot Drones

Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot creates, develops and markets advanced technology wireless products for consumers and professionals. The company builds on a common technological expertise to innovate and develop in three primary markets:

  • Civil drones: With recreational drones and solutions for professional use.
  • Connected objects: With a focus on audio and gardening.
  • Automotive: With the most extensive range of hands-free communication and infotainment systems for vehicles on the market.

Headquartered in Paris, Parrot currently employs more than 1.000 people worldwide and generates the majority of its sales overseas. Parrot has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 – PARRO) – For more information, please visit www.parrot.com

Press release by Aerix drones

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All-in-one set has everything you need to bring “Tiny Whoop”-style racing into your home

ROCHESTER, NY — April 3, 2017 Aerix Drones announced the release of the new Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package. This “Tiny-Whoop” inspired set includes everything you need to start enjoying the thrill and excitement of drone racing in your home. The ready-to-race (RTR) drones are safe to fly indoors, but fast enough to be seriously fun.

The Aerix nano FPV droneThe Aerix nano FPV drone

The Nano’s rotors are enclosed in rounded ducts for safety, so they won’t harm anybody or anything in a crash landing. But the Nano’s racing motors give it some serious punch as you traverse living rooms and slalom through friends and family. Nanos can be raced up to eight per area, so family and friends can have massive head-to-head races in close quarters.

Aerix nano FPV drone with controllerAerix nano FPV drone with controller

The included goggles are compatible with most 5.8ghz FPV products. Also in the kit is a 5-pack of 12-inch glowing neon indoor drone racing hoops, which allow users to set up obstacle courses and racetracks. Finally, the kit includes extra batteries and blades so you can extend the fun and excitement all day. The kits are available with your choice of green, red or blue hoops.

Aerix nano FPV drone kitAerix nano FPV drone kit

Shipping in May 2017, the all-in-one Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package includes:

  • 1 – Nano FPV ready-to-race (RTR) drone
  • 1 – 5.8ghz FPV camera installed
  • 1 – 2.4ghz ready-to-fly transmitter (controller)
  • 1 – 5.8ghz 2-in-1 FPV monitor/goggle set with raceband (rechargeable)
  • 5 – 12-inch glowing neon indoor drone racing hoops
  • 1 – Set of spare blades
  • 1 – USB charging cable
  • 2 – 200mah 3.7v rechargeable drone batteries

The Nano Racing Package has an MSRP of $245, but is available for pre-order for $195. For more information, visit https://aerixdrones.com/products/aerix-nano-fpv-indoor-drone-racing-package. To see the entire line of Aerix Drones, visit www.aerixdrones.com.

Latvia, Riga – March 7, 2017 – Before the introduction of small UAVs for aerial photogrammetry, planes, helicopters and metric cameras were used. Not only was this costly, it was also complex due to the images being taken from high altitudes. UAVs have made aerial mapping more affordable, faster and precise. When it comes to planning survey missions for small UAVs, UgCS is the right software for the job. It supports most UAV platforms and provides useful tools such as Photogrammetry tool, Image geotagging tool and other.

UgCS Photogrammetry for land surveyUgCS Photogrammetry for land survey

The Photogrammetry tool in UgCS allows creating and flying photogrammetry missions with ease. After selecting the area and entering desired parameters, UgCS will automatically calculate the route. Some of the adjustable parameters include: ground sample distance (GSD), forward and side overlap, automatic camera and gimbal control commands, overshoot parameter, ability to choose an altitude type – constant altitude above ground (AGL) or above mean sea level (AMSL) and more. UgCS makes it possible to survey irregular areas with just one route. This is done by combining multiple areas into a single route instead of splitting them into multiple routes.

UgCS photogrammetry, altitude type

The images obtained during the flight can be geotagged by syncing them with telemetry data using the Geotagging tool that’s in-built in UgCS. Moreover, the data from all flights is saved in UgCS, allowing them to be replayed at any time.

UgCS photogrammetry, AGL with additional waypoints

UgCS supports GeoTiff file import. This means that after flying a survey route and mapping the area, the map can be imported back into UgCS to plan the next flight with increased precision.

UgCS photogrammetry, complex survey area

In collaboration with land surveying professionals, we have published a detailed guide to using UgCS Photogrammetry tool for land surveying. It is published onwww.ugcs.com and features step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial.

UgCS photogrammetry, map importUgCS photogrammetry, map import

Resources:

UgCS photogrammetry technique for land surveying:
https://www.ugcs.com/en/page/photogrammetry-tool-for-land-surveying
Video tutorial UgCS Photogrammetry tool:
https://youtu.be/SalCQoG6WUw
About UgCS

UgCS is a software developed by SPH Engineering for central management of all types and manufacturers of unmanned vehicles, enabling to control one or a fleet of drones on a single mission in multi operator mode and multi-platform environments. Ease of integration and adding support for new vehicles or payloads is achieved by modular architecture of UgCS. SPH Engineering offers unmanned systems integration services: building, acquiring and consulting on selection of airframes, autopilots, payloads for particular application and performing proof of concept projects and software development. More: www.ugcs.com