Drones have become so popular in the civilian and entertainment sectors that sometimes we forget that they have an industrial application as well. The Parrot Anafi is one drone that has been popular in part because of its photography and videography, but also because of its low cost. Parrot is changing up that design, going after more industrial applications, with its new Parrot Anafi Thermal Drone.
The thermal drone closely mirrors the Anafi, with the major change being the addition of a thermal camera. The propellers for the thermal drone are still mounted on arms that fold out from the sides of the body, and the entire affair is still small enough to fit into a small bag. Like the regular Anafi, the thermal version charges via a USB-C port.
It also has the same main camera—a wide-angle design capable of 4K HDR recording and digital zoom. For the Thermal, Parrot adding a Flir thermal imaging lens that lets the camera pick up heat intensity rather than light. It can pick up temperatures from 14 to 752 degrees Fahrenheit. Both cameras record simultaneously and save into a single two-track file. Manufacturing and energy industries will find applications for this drone, as will researchers and even fire and rescue.
The Anafi Thermal has a 26-minute flight time and comes with three batteries. It can fly at speeds up to 34 miles per hour and has a maximum range of 1.2 miles using the SkyController.