I attended a viewing today of Parrot’s, Bebop 2 drone, a new generation leisure quadricopter with unprecedented performance today which will be available in late March and retailing for AU$899.99 / NZ$949.00
With true technical prowess, the Bebop 2 is compact, robust, stable and very light (500g). Equipped with the latest generation of sensors and technology, it has up to 25 minutes of flight time.
Manoeuvrability, even in extreme conditions, the Bebop 2 offers very easy-to-use piloting with a smartphone or a tablet via Wi-Fi.
Embedded 14 megapixel fisheye camera, digitally stabilised on 3-axis, takes Full HD videos with perfect flow and impressive brightness.
The Bebop 2 is compatible with the Skycontroller Black Edition, an optional RC-like controller providing an extended flight range (up to 2 Kilometres).
Easy to pilot (no training required)
Tilting the piloting device indicates the direction (forward, backward, left, right), and the Bebop 2 follows with precision.
When the “landing” button is touched, the drone automatically lands smoothly, whatever its altitude.
Data collected by seven sensors is analysed and merged thanks to the impressive calculation capability of its on-board computer (dual-core processor with CPU quad-core):
A vertical stabilisation camera takes an image of the ground every 16 milliseconds and compares it to previous images to determine the speed of the Bebop 2.
An ultrasound sensor analyses the flight altitude up to 5 metres, complemented by a pressure sensor up to that level.
A pressure sensor measures air pressure and analyses fight altitude beyond 5 metres.
3-axis gyroscope measures the bank angle of the drone.
Accelerometer measures the positioning of the drone on 3 axis and its linear speed.
3-axis magnetometer helps define the position of the drone like a compass.
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chipset (GPS + GLONASS) geolocalises the drone and helps measure the speed in order to stabilise the drone at high altitudes.
Rechargeable lithium-ion 2700 mAh
On the propulsion side, the four three-blade propellers powered by four brushless outrunner engines, offering great manoeuvrability during high speed flights.
The Bebop 2 achieves bursts of speed up to 60km/h horizontally and 21km/h vertically.
It reaches its maximum speed in 14 seconds, brakes in 4.5 seconds and resists head winds up to 63km/h! It can reach an altitude of 100 metres in less than 20 seconds.
Connected in Wi-Fi MIMO (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz) to the piloting smartphone/tablet, the Bebop 2 has a perfectly stable connection up to 300 metres.
Numerous systems reinforce the safety of the flights: emergency cut-out feature of the engines, emergency cut-out feature of the propellers in case of contact, limitation of the altitude and of the flight perimeter, automatic return home feature.
Its glass fibre reinforced (20%) PA12 chassis and its shockproof feet ensure high robustness of the structure. At the back of the machine, a LED enables the pilot to understand the direction of the flight while keeping the drone in sight.
Images are streamed live on the screen of the piloting device.
The pilot can digitally change the angle of the camera up to 180° by sliding a finger on the screen. It can film or take pictures vertically!
Digitally stabilised on 3-axis thanks to powerful algorithms, images are bright, perfectly stable and all without distortion.
Recorded in Full HD (1080p) on the 8 GB flash memory of the Bebop 2, videos and photos (16:9; 4:3; fisheye) can be transferred into the piloting device or a computer.
The Bebop 2 is compatible with Parrot Skycontroller Black Edition, an optional RC-like remote control that enables an extended Wi-Fi range up to 2 kilometres!
Expert pilots or beginners should take the commands of a leisure drone in a responsible way and in accordance to local rules and regulations, including the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). To fully enjoy your Bebop Drone, Parrot
Some safety instructions:
Never lose sight of your Bebop Drone;
Don’t approach or film people without their consent;
Don’t exceed the maximum authorised altitude in your country;
Don’t fly near airports, military bases, industrial zones and other sensitive areas; Don’t fly over populated and urban areas;
Don’t fly in rain, snow, fog, strong wind or at night;
Don’t fly over rail lines, highways.
Parrot also recommends you take note of your local regulations before using a drone for recreation.
Available from Apple, Harvey Norman, JB HiFi, leading consumer electronic stores, hobby stores, photo stores & online: