Parrot hints at new drone for photogrammetry applications

The French drone manufacturer Parrot will introduce a new model of drone on June 30. This is evident from a teaser that the company has sent around to its relations. Extensive product specifications are lacking, but it is clear that the system is based on open source software and can perform autonomous flights for photogrammetry.

Robotics take flight

The motto of the product launch is “Robotics take flight”. Given Parrot’s increasing focus on the B2B segment, it is certainly not a drone intended for consumers. It may be a new addition to the existing Anafi line, but it cannot be ruled out that it is a completely new platform.

In the teaser, Parrot mentions the following highlights:

  • New communication standard
  • Open to developers
  • Full open source app
  • Autonomous photogrammetry
  • New cyber security

The fact that Parrot insists on cyber security is not surprising: at the time of the introduction of the Anafi USA, the company was already trying to distinguish itself quite aggressively from market leader DJI. What is remarkable is the focus on autonomous photogrammetry. This is an area in which the American company Skydio in particular has recently profiled itself considerably, with 3D Scan . It seems that Parrot also wants to gain a foothold in this area of ​​​​application, also given the previous acquisition of software company Pix4D.

Many questions

There are still many questions about the upcoming drone. For example, it is unclear whether it is a completely new model or a modified Anafi, what the weight of the new system will be, and whether or not the drone will have a Cx label . These and other questions will hopefully be answered during the product announcement on June 30 at 4:00 PM.

Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager is the founder of Dronewatch (available in Dutch and English). Wiebe is an experienced drone pilot (RPA-L certified) and has published a number of books about drone photography and cinematography.

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