Zero Zero Robotics has announced its latest drone, the V-Coptr Falcon, which the company is billing as the “world’s first V-shaped bi-copter”—in other words it has just two propellers instead of the more usual four. According to Zero Zero Robotics, it’s “the end of the quad-rotor era.”
Compact and foldable, with a V-shaped design, the V-Coptr Falcon takes its inspiration from the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor military aircraft. With just the two rotors, the V-Coptr Falcon has an impressive 50-minute flight time, considerably longer than the 30 minutes you get from similar drones by DJI and the like. The accompanying BlastOff controller offers a transmission distance of 4.3 miles (or 7 kilometers), and a front-facing stereo camera allows the V-Coptr Falcon to detect obstacles and avoid collisions in real time.
On its three-axis gimbal the V-Coptr Falcon boasts a camera with a 12-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Sony sensor and a lens with a 77-degree field of view. Videos can be recorded in MP4 format at 4K/30p, 2.7k/60p, and 1080/120p, while both RAW and JPEG photos can be captured. Internal storage is 8GB, but a microSD slot allows expansion of up to 256GB.
Shipping in February 2020, the V-Coptr Falcon is priced at $1000. Check out the video below for a quick introduction.
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