Holding the Parrot Disco Fixed-wing Drone – Photo Courtesy of Brian Craig Photography

The Parrot Disco launched a year ago in September 2016, and we had the opportunity to try it at launch time. The experience was a lot of fun, and the technology is quite impressive for a consumer-grade fixed-wing drone.

Since then, Parrot released a Pro version of the Disco in May 2017, the Parrot Disco-Pro AG, an “end-to-end multi-purpose drone solution for small to medium-sized farms and cooperatives” according to the company. The pro version is much more expensive, currently available on Parrot website for $4,999.

Today, the Disco is available on Parrot website for $499 (discounted from $799), and you need to add $199.99 to get the Skycontroller 2 and the Cockpitglasses Vr headset.

Check the complete article with our first impressions, with the photos and video demos we shot during the Disco (first version) launch event, in August 2016.

Editor’s note – we got our hands of the Parrot Disco with the Skycontroller 2 and Cockpitglasses a little over a year ago, at launch time, but never took the time to finalize it until today (11/23/2017). 

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