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Parrot AR.DRONE 2.0 Flight Recorder: GPS, 4GB, return to take-off location feature

April 16, 2015 - Comment

Parrot Flight Recorder Using the Parrot Flight Recorder, the AR.Drone 2.0 is the first toy with on-board GPS. This new accessory improves the features of the AR.Drone 2.0 and records more than 350 flight settings. It is the black box of your AR.Drone 2.0 Flight Recorder Geolocation using the GPS module Select your destination on

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Using the Parrot Flight Recorder, the AR.Drone 2.0 is the first toy with on-board GPS. This new accessory improves the features of the AR.Drone 2.0 and records more than 350 flight settings. It is the black box of your AR.Drone 2.0

Flight Recorder

Geolocation using the GPS module Select your destination on the map Record flights and videos using 4GB Flash memories Review your flights modeled in 3D on the AR.Drone Academy Map Make the AR.Drone 2.0 automatically return to its take-off point Improves stability in flight Parrot Flight Recorder

Control Mode: “Click & Go”

Select the destination on the map Set the altitude and cruise speed Click “GO” The AR.Drone starts its flight (operates within the limit of the Wi-Fi connection with the control device)

Return Home

This new function makes the AR.Drone return automatically to its take-off point The GPS coordinates are recorded at each moment which enables the AR.Drone 2.0 to position itself accurately in space (+/- 2m) The signal captured from the satellites can vary the location

Better Flight Behavior

Using Flight Recorder GPS sensors, the AR.Drone 2.0 is more stable when flying in altitude

Parrot Flight Recorder Arrival at the destination
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Connecting

Connect the Flight Recorder to the USB port of the AR.Drone 2.0. Ensure the Flight Recorder is positioned exactly above the battery to obtain best results. The official video shows you how to do this.

AR.Drone Academy Replay

View your flights from another angle using the AR.Drone Academy replay function. Improve your trajectories using the 3D modeling of each of your flights.

Parrot Flight Recorder Retrace your flights in 3D
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Create your Flight Plans in Advance

The Flight Recorder is compatible with the MAVLink Open Source communications protocol, which means it can be used with the QGround Control software package.

QGround Control is a free software package available in Open Source under Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It allows you to create your own flight plans with multiple intermediate points in 3 dimensions. Dthe AR.Drone will follow this aerial route automatically.

In addition, a team at the Delft University of Technology integrated the open source high end autopilot software, paparazzi, in the AR.Drone hardware. There is no need to change the AR.Drone hardware but only to plug in the Parrot Flight Recorder. Next step is to have a laptop with paparazzi on it, to connect the laptop wifi to the AR.Drone, to launch paparazzi and to click on “compile” so that the software will be put on the AR.Drone.

Parrot Flight Recorder Diagram
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Technical Specifications

Dimensions: 77.7 x 38.3 x 12.5mm Weight: 31g Accuracy: +/- 2 meters Frequency: 5Hx Voltage: 3.3V TBC Time To First Fix: 25s maximum 4GB Flash memory (allows 2 hours of video to be recorded) USB Port: Comprises one type A female USB port to connect a USB key drive WARNING: This GPS receiver can only be used with the AR.Drone 2.0. Do not connect other GPS devices. The pilot must always maintain direct visual contact with their AR.Drone 2.0.

HD Battery Specifications

Lithium battery energy content, in watt hours = 16.5 Wh Total battery Weight = 120g including plastic casing and protection circuit Lithium battery voltage = 11.1V Number of Lithium ION cells: 3 Battery life in hours: 18 minutes (0,3 hour)

Product Features

  • Improvement in stabilization
  • A new control mode: control by map
  • View your flights in 3D on the AR. Drone Academy map

Comments

J. J. Burtch "In Life, Try to be the Type of ... says:

Cool Concept, But For Now That’s About All…. I love my AR.Drone. It’s a fun little quadcopter that has quite a few features. With some upgrades to it, I’ve been able to get over 1,000 feet of range with solid video, so flying FPV using an iPad Mini proves to be a great bit of fun. 

Tab McBlane says:

Don’t waste your money I bought this with all the hype of how much the AR Drone could do with it. What they don’t tell you is that the map resolution is so poor it is dangerous to fly it except in a wide open field, it only zooms in to 16x so if you are using an Iphone keep in mind that makes 100′ equal to about 3/4″. The only way to fly under gps control without the desktop free software by a company called qgroundcontrol is by tapping a point on the map. The desktop software is awkward to use but they are doing an…

maskirovka says:

I wound up returning it. The Parrot Flight Recorder simply does not deliver on its promise of being a fun, easy enhancement of the basic drone package, so I wound up returning it to amazon.com: 

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