Parrot Releases New Prosumer Drones for Farmers and Firefighters
BY Zacc Dukowitz25 October 2017
This week Parrot released two new drones as part of their Professional Division, doubling down on their bid for the prosumer market.
The Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is a drone created for aerial thermography, made for applications in firefighting, construction, and inspections, and the Parrot Bluegrass is a new drone made specifically for agricultural applications.
The Bebop-Pro Thermal
The Bebop-Pro Thermal is a version of the Parrot Bebop drone made specifically for aerial thermography.
It comes with both a 14MP camera and a FLIR One Pro thermal imaging camera, and can fly for 25 minutes. The retail package includes 3 batteries, a Skycontroller, and a backpack, and will be available next month.
Aerial thermography poses a new way for aerial service providers to make money, but the costs for getting started can be high.
At $1,400, the Bebop-Pro Thermal is well positioned for the prosumer market, and will be attractive to those service providers who would like to add thermography to their list of offerings, as well as to public agencies or smaller companies looking to incorporate aerial thermography into their operations with relatively small budgets.
Bebop-Pro Thermal Specs & Features
- RGB camera Full HD 1080p
- Thermal imaging: FLIR One Pro thermal imaging camera
- Battery life: 25 minutes flying time (with Power Battery)
- Internal memory: 32 GB Extended memory
- Max horizontal speed: 16 m/s
- Weight: 604g / 1.33 lb with the FLIR ONE Pro camera
- Range: up to 2km with Parrot Skycontroller 2 in an interference free and unobstructed environment
FLIR One Pro Thermal Imaging Camera Specs
- Thermal resolution: 160×120
- Visual resolution: 1440×1080
- HFOV / VFOV: 55 ° ± 1 ° / 43 ° ± 1 °
- Frame rate: 8.7Hz
- Scene dynamic range: -20 °C to 400 °C (-4 °F to 752 °F)
- Accuracy: ±3 °C (5.4 °F) or ±5%, typical Percent of the difference between ambient and scene temperature. Applicable 60s after start-up when the unit is within 15 °C to 35 °C (59 °F to 95 °F) and the scene is within 5 °C to 120 °C (41 °F to 248 °F)
- Size: 68mm W x34mm H x14mm D (2.7in x 1.3in x .6in)
- Weight: 36.5g
The Parrot Bluegrass
Unlike the Bebop-Pro Thermal, the Parrot Bluegrass is a brand new drone design for Parrot, created specifically for agricultural applications.
The Bluegrass can fly 30 hectares at 70 m / 230 ft. flight altitude per battery. It comes equipped with an HD camera and a special sensor called the Parrot Sequoia, which was designed to detect problem areas in many different types of crop fields. The Sequoia multispectral sensor can record images of crops in four distinct spectral bands.
The Bluegrass will also be available in November, and will be selling for $5,000.
This cost includes one year of access to software from Parrot that allows the user to set an autonomous flight path over a plot of land. The software was created so that the pilot may set the boundaries of the field and the types of crops to be inspected, and then the Bluegrass will perform the inspection automatically (although it can also be flown manually).
Bebop-Pro Thermal Specs & Features
- Area Coverage: 30ha (74ac) in a single flight at 70m flight altitude (230ft)
- Range: Up to 2km – 1.2 miles, in an unobstructed area free of interferences
- Ground resolution: 7.4cm/px (2.7in/px) at 70m (230ft) flight altitude
- Automatic flight plan powered by Pix4Dcapture mobile app
- Vertical take-off and landing
- Weight: 1850g / 4lb
- Size: 50 x 44 x 12 cm / 20 x 17 x 5 in.
- Removable propellers for transport
Here are some pictures of the Bluegrass in action: