Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

It’s not often that you hear about a device – what’s essentially a high-powered toy – breaking records flying across international waters. That’s what’s happened this week, though, as Parrot engineers have successfully programmed their AR.Drone 2.0 to fly across the Bosphorus Straight in Turkey – that’s more than a kilometer – with a single battery. This device was recently given a bit of a reboot with the release of a new “High Density Battery”, so as you can guess, that’s exactly what this unit was deployed with.

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This trip across the water was not made with an iOS or Android device controlling it – not the whole way, anyway. While we’ve recently had a bit of a trip of our own flying the AR.Drone 2.0 with NVIDIA SHIELD, this trip was made with the Parrot Flight Recorder module and a pre-laid GPS track. The “pilot” of this drone actually ended up using a MacBook to lay out the flight plan for the drone.

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