Competition is not weakening in the drone market. As proof, a new camera drone is approaching, for a launch in February 2020, and it deploys a brand new flight architecture integrating not 4 but 2 motors, positioned at the end of two folding arms which deploy in a V shape. The Zero Zero Robotics V-Coptr Falcon, which we already know for its Hover and Hover 2, ensures that with this new flight device, its drone ensures a record autonomy of 50 minutes.
Due to an elegant V-shaped dual rotor design inspired by military-grade models such as the V-22 Osprey, tilt-rotor technology, nonlinear dynamic modeling, and control algorithms, the propulsion system of the V-Coptr design is notably more efficient than traditional quadcopters of the same size under the same payload. Designed with portability in mind, V-Coptr Falcon’s propeller arms pull back and fold into the body while the propellers tuck under for ease of transport.
V-Coptr Falcon features a 1/2.3 inch CMOS by Sony and a Qualcomm ISP, it can shoot 4K video at 30fps and 12MP pictures. V-Coptr Falcon has a three-axis mechanical gimbal for precise image quality and seamless video with a yaw control range of ±80 degrees. The patented blade design and precise configuration of V-shaped dual rotors combined with a slower rotation of the propellers allow Falcon to create lift with higher efficiency and a lower noise profile.
Utilizing Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) and a front-facing stereo camera, the V-Coptr Falcon can map its surroundings, detect obstacles, and avoid collisions in realtime. Newly upgraded visual tracking algorithms can accurately and stably follow people or other moving objects. V-Coptr Falcon also has pre-programmed flight paths for cinematic shots at the touch of a button.
It is available for presale starting today with an early bird price of $699 through December 31, discounted from a retail price of $999. It can be ordered at Zero Zero’s website (zerozerorobotics.com) with a refundable $100 deposit and shipment will begin in February 2020.
Zero Zero is currently in the process of raising its Series C after having closed a $30 million Series B. On the heels of the new product launch, the fresh funds will be used to extend the applications of bicopter technology. ZeroZero also unveiled Project D, a concept drone weighing in at just 249g with 50 minutes of flight time.
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