The V-Coptr Falcon foldable bi-coptor drone has a flight time of up to 50 minutes

Jan 16, 2020

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The V-Coptr Falcon foldable bi-coptor drone has a flight time of up to 50 minutes

Jan 16, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Zero Zero Robotics, creators of Hover2 – “The Drone that Flies Itself” (and the original Hover), has just announced their new V-Coptr Falcon. It’s a bi-copter drone (2 arms, 2 propellers) which offers up to an amazing 50 minutes of flight time on a single battery charge. It’s a very unique design, inspired by the Boeing V-22 Osprey military aircraft. It’s compact, foldable, and they’re claiming it as the “world’s first” v-shaped drone with only 2 propellers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMaRFSchtqc

Other than the flight time, it seems quite similar in spec to something like the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. They both have a 12-megapixel 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, a similar field of view, they both shoot JPG or DNG raw stills and 4K UHD video at up to 30fps, although the V-Coptr Falcon just pips it at 1080p HD going up to 120fps vs the Mavic Pro Platinum’s 96fps.

Weight730g
Dimensions (Folded)Folded: 220.6×148.26×72.38 mm (L×W×H)
Unfolded: 160×202×55 mm (L×W×H)
Unfolded (with propellers): 245×290×55 mm (L×W×H)
Max Flight Time50 minutes
Max range7,000 metres
Gimbal Stabilization3-axis (tilt, roll, pan)
Gimbal Mechanical RangeUnknown
Gimbal Controllable RangeTilt: -90° to 0°
Camera Sensor1/2.3” CMOS
Effective Pixels: 12 MP
LensFOV: 77°
35 mm Format Equivalent: 28 mm
Aperture: f/2.2
ISO Range100-6400
Still Image Size4000×3000
Still Photography ModesSingle Shot / Burst Shooting / Self-Timer Shooting
Video Resolution4K: 3840×2160 @ 30 fps 2.7K: 2720×1530 @ 30/60 fps 1080p: 1920×1080 @ 30/60/120 fps 720p: 1280×720 @ 30/60/120 fps
Max Video BitrateUnknown
Photo FormatJPEG / DNG
Video FormatMP4
Internal storage8GB
Max storage256GB (microSD)

The two things that set this apart from the Mavic Pro Platinum, though are the pretty crazy looking design and the huge flight time. How well the design of the V-Coptr flies compared to something like the Mavic Pro in actual use, though, is something we’ll only know once it gets into the hands of users and we start to see some real-world feedback.

As for the flight time, Zero Zero Robotics says that’s down to a more efficient and aerodynamic propeller design which allows the motors to get more power while spinning more slowly, creating a lower drain on the batteries.

If it does what it says on the tin, it should be rather an impressive drone, and with 50 minutes time in the air vs the competition should drastically cut down on the number of spare batteries you’ll need to buy to cover a day’s filming.

The V-Coptr Falcon is currently available to pre-order for $999 with a $100 deposit and the rest payable when it ships at some point in February. Find out more on the Zero Zero Robotics website.

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4 responses to “The V-Coptr Falcon foldable bi-coptor drone has a flight time of up to 50 minutes”

  1. Justin Barr Avatar
    Justin Barr

    I don’t need more flight time, I need more megapretzels!!

    1. Mike Shwarts Avatar
      Mike Shwarts

      I don’t care much for more megapretzels, as long as pretzels are on a bigger sensor.

  2. Daniel Lowe Avatar
    Daniel Lowe

    Design looks interesting. Camera is crap-ola tho.

  3. Skyreiter Avatar
    Skyreiter

    Was the aerial footage of the drone in flight shot with the same setup? Because that footage looked like crap!