Tested: Taking SenseFly’s Personal Spy Drone For a Spin Above California

Rob Cockerham

When I was invited to test-fly SenseFly’s Swinglet surveillance drone, I was ecstatic. It was an assignment suitable for James Bond: check out a programmable, unmanned platform for taking surreptitious aerial photos.

Under the guidance of the company’s representative, I unpacked the drone, programmed it with a spy mission, and sent it aloft to survey the neighborhood. You can learn some very interesting stuff by observing from your own private low-altitude spyplane, it turns out.

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You can define a flight path for the drone, and it flies at 30 mph, navigating via GPS, and takes impressive aerial photographs with its onboard 12MP camera or any sort of sensor you want to send up.

The Swinglet drone and software sells for $10,600 directly from the Sensefly website. That price includes the case, a camera, and two batteries.

The Swinglet cameradrone
Test Site Terrain
Sensefly Case
Unpacking the Sensefly
Modified Canon Embedded in Sensefly
Poised for Launch
Sensefly Launch
Airborne Sensefly
Post-Launch Snapshot
Sensefly Control Software
Sensefly Software Screenshot
Sensefly Software Waypoints
Post-Launch Snapshot Key
Aerial View of a Fascinated Rob
Aerial View of Andrea
Aerial View of Houses
Aerial View of Houses Key
Aerial View of Garden Hose
Aerial Truck Shot
Aerial Hammock Shot
Sensefly Drone Landing