Parrot must have been inspired by Star Wars for the design of its latest drone, because Swing is awfully similar to the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter (better known as X-wing), a fictional fighter in the universe of Star Wars. Who knows the movie franchise will know that it is the same aircraft used for aerial combat by the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic, Luke Skywalker that he used during the Battle of Yavin, to destroy the Death Star.
Parrot Swing will be one of the novelties of 2016 and its launch should not be very far, given that in these hours has been certified by FCC engineers, who provide us not only the technical documents of the drone but also its preview photos. Just as X-Wing, Swing (also note the similarity of the names?) Takes on a shape similar to an “X” when viewed from front or back, when his wings are open, allowing also a double flying style.
The structure lightweight polystyrene and polycarbonate well organized allows to operate the drone is like any quadricottero thanks to four small propellers positioned at the end of the four wings, both in “glide mode” more suited to a fast flight in open space. Like almost all Parrot devices, even Swing will be sold with a controller to manage it from the ground and will be equipped with a Bluetooth module. We have no other details on autonomy and size, but at first glance seems very compact (about 35 x 20 cm).
At the moment we do not know the prices and launch dates, but probably we will know more in the first days of September at IFA 2016. It will be produced in an all-black version and one with black wings and white structure