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Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone – hands on with with this fast, fun flyer [First Test]

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, no-one does fun quadcopters like Parrot. Unlike every other manufacturer, the Parrot drones (as they like to call them) are fast, ultra stable and lots of fun. Less crashing into things and more flying. Cool. So now the company has just announced the 2015 line-up of fun flyers, starting with the Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone. We got to test it out at the launch this week.

This is a new flyer which boasts a 9 minute flight time (with a 25 minute re-charge if you buy the optional fast charger), and the ability to carry small items on a top mounted bracket. We’re probably not meant to mention LEGO, but that’s what the top mount looks like. Check out our video below for the skinny on how the thing flies.

The new quad also offers the same beautifully stable flight as the other Parrot products, thanks to some great on-board software and sensors. The whole thing is controlled via Bluetooth and a smartphone or tablet running the Parrot FreeFlight 3 app, and the craft is so rock solid you can easily fly it with one hand (as we did in the video above).

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The Cargo also features a rudimentary top-down camera function which lets you take low resolution VGA photos while in flight (stored on 1GB of integrated flash memory), as well as the very handy one button launch and land buttons. You can also launch it by just throwing it in the air, although we were too timid to try that ourselves.

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Not only does the drone speed along at 11 mph, but it can do tricks like somersaults etc, with just one press on the controller touchscreen. You get to look like a real skill jockey by cheating! At last! The app is available for both Android and iOS. The new product is part of a range of Parrot products launched this week, including new Jumping Drones and an innovative Hydrofoil Drone which is a flyer which can also convert into a hydrofoil for some waterborne fun.

The Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone is priced at $99 / £79.99.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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