The company that created the self-flying Hover 2 is back with a new, uniquely-designed unmanned aerial vehicle. Inspired by the V-22 Osprey military aircraft, the V-Coptr Falcon is a compact, foldable, first-of-its-kind V-shaped drone that boasts only 2 propellers. A reduced number of rotors, coupled with a more aerodynamic design, means less power is consumed during operation. As a result, the Falcon can fly up to 50 minutes.
The Falcon has a 12MP, 1/2.3-inch Sony sensor with a 77º FOV on a 3-axis gimbal. Video can be recorded up to 4K/30p, 2.7k/60p, and 1080/120p. Photos can be captured in both RAW and JPEG format while video is limited to MP4. There is 8GB of internal storage available onboard though adding an external microSD card with up to 256GB storage is recommended.
Front-facing stereo cameras provide obstacle avoidance that functions at a speed of up to 7m/s. The BlastOff controller can operate for 2.5 hours, fully charged, and it gives the Falcon a range that extends up to 7,000 meters (4.3 miles). Autofollow mode is available and users can also take advantage of the pre-programmed flight paths and post-editing templates found in Cinematic Shots.
Similar models from DJI, Autel, and Parrot boast a flight time of up to 30 minutes, maximum. Slower rotation of aerodynamically-designed propellers help the Falcon stay airborne for up to 20 minutes longer. With its 12MP, 4K/30p camera, the Falcon is most similar to DJI’s Mavic Pro Platinum. The V-Coptr Falcon retails for $1000, with a required $100 deposit, and will start shipping in February 2020.