Starting on the ground, the new PX4-based controller has been redesigned with additional redundancies for more reliable control. The Typhoon H Plus itself has been optimized for improved airflow, cooling and reliability. Yuneec promises this optimization also results in greater efficiency and a 40 percent reduction in flight noise, making it, Yuneec claims, one of the quietest drones available.
The included C23 camera on the Typhoon H Plus uses a one-inch, 20 megapixel sensor that can record 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. Improvements over previous models promise better low-light performance, and the continuous-rotation gimbal and retractable landing gear make for a clear view in any direction.
The Typhoon H Plus uses Intel RealSense technology to sense and avoid obstacles, allowing the drone to navigate around them automatically. Automated flight modes, like Follow Me and Curve Cable Cam, are also available. There’s even a 5-rotor mode that aims to compensate for a motor failure.
For continuing to improve reliability and performance, we’ve seen fit to select the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus as our Best Drone of CES 2018. Congrats!
The Typhoon H Plus will retail at around 1,800 dollars and should be available in the first half of 2018.
Firebird FPV and HD Racer
Also announced at CES this week is the Firebird FPV. This fixed-wing drone offers immersive flight viewing in real time. Continuous flight times are estimated at 30 minutes and Yuneec promises that features like Safety Mode, Return Home, Geo Fence and Auto Landing will make this drone easy to fly for pilots at any skill level.
On display along with the Firebird FPV is the Yuneec HD Racer, a palm-sized drone that, like the Firebird, offers an immersive flight experience and flight modes that will help pilots at all levels fly successfully.
"We take great pride in addressing what our customers desire in drone technology to ensure each evolution in our product line pushes brand and industry standards," said Wenyan Jiang, chairwoman and co-founder of Yuneec International. "The entrance into the fixed wing and racing categories provides an opportunity for pilots and enthusiasts to use Yuneec products in fun, new ways and expand their creative possibilities."
The Firebird FPV will retail at 700 dollars and will be available in the first half of 2018. The HD Racer will retail at 180 dollars and will ship later this year.
For more information on all of these announcements, visit www.yuneec.com.