Tello EDU is the second version of the programmable drone that came out after the popular Tello. Unlike the first version, EDU programming is possible in one of three available languages, such as Scratch, Swift and Python (only Scratch is available for the first version). The drone has an updated SDK 2.0 with more advanced commands and an expanded data interface, allowing the user to easily write code to command multiple Tello EDUs to fly in an organized group, as well as develop amazing AI features. Programming has never been so fun!
- 14-core Intel processor
- Supports Scratch, Swift and Python programming
- Drone Swarm (programmable synchronized flight up to four Tello EDU)
- Updated SDK 2.0
- Mission Pads (labels for enhanced programming options)
- Flight control system from DJI
- Visual positioning (2 × ultrasonic + 1 × optical sensors)
- Obstacle avoidance system (optional)
- Auto takeoff and landing
- Altitude Hold
- Takeoff and landing by hand
- 5 × preprogrammed flight modes
- Short movie recording (for Circle, 360 and Up & Away flight modes)
- Execution of flips in 8 directions
- Protection in case of loss of communication (carries out auto-landing)
- Max. flight time 13 min
- FPV removal distance 100 meters
- 2 × antennas for more stable video transmission
- FPV broadcast in HD quality
- Shooting video in 720p quality
- Shooting 5MP photo
- Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
- Control via a smartphone or tablet via a mobile application, or in tandem with additionally purchased GameSir T1d Controller control equipment
- Adapted for pairing with VR headset and Gamesir and Apple MFi Bluetooth gamepads
- Weight 87 grams
- Drone Tello EDU
- 4 × rotors (2CW/2CCW)
- 4 × spare rotors (2CW/2CCW)
- Rotor protection
- Micro USB cable
- Main screw wrench
- 4×Mission Pad
Range Finder/Barometer/LED Light/Vision System/WiFi 802.11n 2.4G/FPV 720P
Max. horizontal flight speed:
Max. flight time:
removable 3.8V 1100mAh LiPo battery
5MP (2592 × 1936)
JPG (Photo); MP4 (Video)
Tello EDU can be programmed using Scratch, Swift and Python. It is built on the new SDK 2.0 with more commands and an advanced data interface. With the help of programming, you can set the drone to perform sequential actions according to a pre-set algorithm, as well as implement the ability to recognize objects and much more.
The Swift programming language has an interesting curriculum called “Tello Space Travel” where novice programmers can learn coding through interactive lessons in an interesting storyline using an iPad.
Another new coding language available for Tello EDU is Python. Coding in Python allows you to significantly expand the functionality of the quadrocopter. For example, a user can program several EDU drones to implement synchronized flight (Drone Swarm). A similar idea has long been used by Intel to present light air shows.
Using the program code and the Mission Pad checkmarks, the user can realize synchronized flight (up to four Tello EDUs at a time) associated with various acrobatic aerobatic maneuvers.
Mission Pads — control marks, serve to more accurately perform programmed tasks and expand programming opportunities. The user can program specific information for each tag individually, thereby allowing the drone to recognize each of them and perform the missions specified for each tag, for example, performing various aerobatic maneuvers.
Tello EDU gives the user full access to video stream data, thus creating more opportunities for image processing and AI development. The new SDK 2.0 allows the drone to be further enhanced by implementing more AI features such as object recognition, tracking, 3D reconstruction through programming, computer vision, and deep learning technologies.
Tello EDU is sold through official developer sources in a single package for $129.
- Battery — $19
- Charger for simultaneous charging up to 3 batteries — $ 19
- GameSir T1d control equipment — $39
- Replacement panels (white/blue/yellow) — $9
- Bearing screws — $ 4
Tello EDU $129
- Manageability (even with a smartphone)
- Functionality (new programming languages, Drone Swarm, Mission Pads)
- Updated SDK 2.0
- Camera (capture quality)
- Flight time
- Ready for FPV flight and programming out of the box
- Collector motors
- No external storage (the recorded material is saved on the resources of the paired smartphone)
- Some functions of the Tello EDU application are paid
- Swift Playgrounds is only available on IOS
The best drone offer to date with a focus on programming. The potential of the drone will be fully appreciated by young users who want to not only quickly learn how to fly a UAV, but also learn the basics of programming in the most accessible and exciting way.
Q. What are the main differences between Tello EDU and Tello?
A. Tello EDU has all the same features and functionality as Tello, plus an improved SDK 2.0, Mission Pad checkmarks, and one-time synchronized Drone Swarm flight.
Q. How can I manage Tello EDU?
A. You can control Tello EDU using a smartphone/tablet (IOS or Android), as well as in combination with the GameSir T1d Controller control equipment (purchased separately).
Q. What interesting things can a drone do while flying?
A. Tello EDU can perform eight different flips, take off and land in Bounce mode, and automatically record short videos with EZ Shots.
Q. Can the Tello EDU be flown indoors?
A. Yes, the Tello EDU can fly safely both indoors and outdoors. It is recommended to start outdoors in calm weather.
Q. Is Tello EDU waterproof?
Q. What features does the drone camera have?
A. The Tello EDU camera is capable of taking 5MP photos and recording HD video. The EZ Shots feature allows the drone to fly in preset patterns and record short videos.
Q. Where is the received photo and video material stored? And how can I export it?
A. Photos and videos are stored on the smartphone/tablet paired with the aircraft. You can export files from your smartphone as needed.
Q. Does the drone support SD card installation?
Q. What is the max. video transmission distance?
O. Max. The flight range is approximately 100m, but this distance may vary depending on the interference present at the drone launch site.
Q. How can I charge the drone battery?
A. You can charge the battery without removing it from the drone using the included micro USB cable, or charge up to three batteries at the same time using a charger (sold separately).
Q. Does the drone support battery hot swapping?
Oh no. If this is done, then there is a possibility of losing the photo and video material recorded in the last flight.
Q. How is the drone rotor replaced?
A. Propellers can be changed manually without any tools. But, just in case, the kit comes with a special key to remove them.
Q. How can I distinguish between CW and CCW rotors? And how to install them correctly?
A. CW propellers and motors have special marks (notches) that must match. There are no such marks on CCW propellers and motors.
Q. How can I update the drone firmware?
A. Through the mobile app.
Q. What should I do if an update fails?
A. If the update fails, simply reconnect Tello EDU to the mobile app and restart the update process.
Q. Is it possible to update the drone software using a computer?
Q. What Bluetooth controllers are compatible with Tello EDU?
A. The drone is currently compatible with the Gamesir T1D controller.
Q. What software platforms can I use to program Tello EDU?
A. Tello currently supports programming with Scratch, Swift Playgrounds, and Python. More software platforms will be available in the future.
Tello EDU mobile application
Q. Is it possible to use the Tello mobile app and Tello EDU at the same time?
Oh no. The Tello mobile application is designed to implement dynamic FPV flights and aerial photography, while the Tello EDU application is focused on programming. Although both applications are compatible with the drone, one of them must be completely disabled before using the other, and the drone itself must be rebooted.
Q. Is the Tello EDU mobile app completely free?
A. Despite the fact that most of the features of the application are free, some games still include levels that require payment.
Q. What should I do if the Tello EDU mobile app is not working?
A. The mobile app is developed by Wistron (Shanghai) Ltd. If you have any questions related to the operation of the mobile application, please contact the developer by phone number: 86–21-64952384 or send a question by e‑mail to: [email protected] Thanks for understanding.
Q. How can I use Swift Playgrounds to learn Tello Swift courses?
A. Use Swift Playgrounds — iPad with iOS 10.3 (or later) to download, then search for “Tello Space Travel” in the app. Download the course and follow the instructions to learn how to program, control, and activate synchronized drone flight.
Q. How can I use Mission Pad Tags?
A. Please refer to the Tello Mission Pad User Manual for instructions on how to use the check marks.
Q. What is the max. How many Tello EDUs can I control in one synchronized flight?
A. You can control up to 4 drones in one flight using the Swift Playgrounds app.
Video with Tello EDU drone.
Learning block programming through the Tello EDU app.
An example of programming in Python.