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Parrot announced Tuesday that its first fixed-wing drone called the Disco will land sometime in September. It will be available for $1,299.
While the Disco was announced at CES 2016 in January, Parrot didn't show off the headset that will ship with it. The Disco is ready to fly by simply throwing it into the air, and the headset will help pilots see the terrain by streaming live HD video from the drone's camera.
Once airborne, the Disco can fly for 45 minutes and even reach 50mph. It's lightweight at only 700g or 1.6 pounds.
The Disco's Cockpitglasses sync with an iPhone or Android handset. You are able to switch from the drone's camera view to the rear camera on your smartphone.
Like most consumer drones, the Disco features a GPS mode that will return the drone to a pre-determined location if connection is lost with the Skycontroller.
Parrot says at any time Disco can go into "Loiter" mode and orbit around a point of interest. A pilot tube helps collect speed data.
The Disco is built with rugged foam, in hopes of deterring a complete breakup as the drone hits the ground. A barometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, and accelerometer help the pilot -- and software -- fly.