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.
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.