Ultralite Drone: Tracks Flights, Shares Images, Videos

By: | December 5th, 2014

Ultralite Drone Aerial Photography

French drone maker Parrot recently launched the Bebop ultralite drone with full 14 megapixel HD “fisheye” still-camera and a 1080p video camera digitally stabilized on 3 axes for undistorted images. The Bebop is made of featherweight ABS reinforced plastic. The new version comes after 3 years of research and development (R&D) by Parrot engineers.

Parrot Bebop has an embedded GPS system with flight map control, Return Home and safety modes for immediate landing, landing at the take off point and instantaneous propeller stop.

Parrot Bebop is controlled by an onboard navigation computer with a P7 dual-core CPU, quad-cover GPU and 8 GB of flash memory all attached to a magnesium shelf that provides both electromagnetic shielding and cooling. The system runs Linux and a Software Development Kit (SDK) is available for developers.

Easy Control

Parrot Bebop’s engineering team developed algorithms to stabilize the copter providing a fixed angle of view regardless of the inclination and movements caused by wind. It also provides 180° vision with the user controlling the angle of the camera directly from the pilot application, called the SkyController (Sky Controller) simply by using the thumb.

Parrot Bebop comes with a free piloting application, Freeflight 3.0, for use with iOS, Android, Smartphones and tablets and all flights, photos and videos can be uploaded to Parrot Cloud and shared with the world.

Parrot Bebop retails for just over $300.00. For more information and specs, visit Parrot. The following video show Parrot Bebop in action by the ocean.

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