The company hopes the ambitious new drone will find a niche with first responders and enterprise users. It’s called the ANAFI USA – a name that touts its Made-in-America status at a time when there’s been some push-back against Chinese-made drones over alleged security concerns. The product will retail for $7,000 US and features an array of sensors including thermal and 32X optical imagery, as well as enhanced data security features.
According to Parrot’s news release, ANAFI USA is a “powerful drone built to meet the demands of first responders, firefighters, search-and-rescue teams, security agencies, surveying and inspection professionals. Featuring an industry-first 32x zoom, 4K HDR video, and thermal imaging capabilities, ANAFI USA is an ultraportable, secure and durable aerial camera platform.”
The new device is small enough to take off from your hand. Weighing in at 1.1 pounds, or 500 grams, it has a 32-minute flight time. It can also be deployed before waiting for a satellite GPS lock, which means it can be in the air less than 55 seconds after it’s been pulled out and unfolded. That feature could come in handy during emergency missions where every second truly counts.