60 mph ‘Teal One’ Flying Drone Runs Linux on a Jetson TX1

By on October 17, 2018
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Teal One may be the fastest ride you can find on an all-purpose camera drone: it’s able to run up to 60 miles per hour and it also claims to provide 40 mph wind resistance.

It is a higher-end, all-purpose, semi-autonomous camera quadcopter that has an onboard Nvidia Jetson TX1 module. There’s a TealSDK that offers advanced controls and telemetry, video and augmented reality, and support for C, Swift & Java. The SDK supports autonomous flight algorithms, as well as safety features including flight bubbles, geofencing, and speed governors.
The Teal One also features a PX4 compatible flight controller supported with PX4 communications protocols in the SDK

Nvidia’s Linux-driven, 87 x 50mm Jetson TX1 module features 4x Arm Cortex-A57 cores, as well as a 256-core Maxwell GPU with support for CUDA libraries for machine learning.

The 12-megapixel camera has an HDR sensor and f/2.5 lens with a 123 x 90-degree field of view and it uses electronic stabilization. Video resolution drops down from 4K@30 (portrait mode) to 2.5K@30for a stabilized landscape view.

You can communicate with the drone via 802.11b/g/n (WiFi 4) with a 183 meters range, providing you with a 720p live stream. The Teal One is equipped with a GPS chip as well as 2x IMUs, altimeter, magnetometer, rangefinder, current, voltage, RPM, and temperature sensor. An SD slot and card loaded with firmware is also onboard.

Flight time is a modest 15 minutes, compared to up to 25 minutes on the Parrot’s Linux-based Bebop 2 and 30 or more on some higher end models, although it should be noted that most claimed flight times are exaggerated. In any case, you can buy a second battery for $99.

Further information can be found at Teal One product page.


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