GDU Unveils Advanced Byrd Folding and Modular Consumer Drone

By Mike Ball / 14 Oct 2016

GDU Advanced Byrd Drone

GDU, a consumer drone manufacturer, has announced the launch of the Advanced Byrd, an upgrade to the company’s drone that folds up small enough to fit into a backpack. The Advanced model incorporates additional features and functionality, including a modular and fully integrated GoPro camera gimbal.

“The GDU Advanced Byrd enters the market as the most capable consumer drone based on Byrd’s flying platform configuration,” stated Nicolia Wiles, GDU Director of Digital. “Byrd was the first foldable drone on the market, but is also the only drone with completely interchangeable gimbals. The mission of GDU has always been to solve the biggest problems users face with typical drones – portability, power and modularity.”

The Advanced Byrd provides 29 minutes of flight time, with a guaranteed 1000-meter video downlink system included in the shipped model. A more advanced OFDM system is also available.

The Advanced Byrd features:

  • Interchangeable gimbal/camera configurations
  • ‘Follow Me’ technology
  • OFDM HD 1000m video downlink system
  • Optical and ultrasonic flight assistance (for inside flights)
  • 29-minute flight time
  • Included 3-axis gimbal integrated for GoPro cameras
  • Route planning
  • Intelligent orientation control
  • Smart ‘return-to-home’ feature
Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact