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Crash Course: DJI Matrice 200 Series

Crash Course: DJI Matrice 200 Series

DJI release something new every 3 months which is impressive but at the same time I wonder if they are not cannibalising their own products. After the recent DJI Mavic announcement - DJI announced the release of the M200 at theMobile World congress in Barcelona. To me the M200 is an absolute game changer not just in terms of the product specifications but for the entire commercial drone industry. I’ll touch on this point a little later, lets first run through the specs of this beautiful piece of new machinery.

The DJI M200 series consists of three different models. The baseline M200, the M210 and the M210 RTK.

  • M200 – The baseline model has a single downward facing gimbal.
  • M210 – Features two downward facing gimbals with the option to mount a further gimbal on top of the drone. Great for inspecting objects above the drone such as warehouse roofs and powerlines.
  • The M210 RTK has the same gimbal options as the M210, however you get the added option of RTK (Real Time Kinematics) allowing for millimeter precision navigation - key when inspecting tight spaces and flying around powerlines. 

For pilots operating near electrical cables or expecting signal interference we recommend the Matrice 210RTK. The RTK module enables the drone to hover with centimeter-level accuracy due to the improved GPS data, making slight interferences to the transmission system less dangerous. We also recommend the Zenmuse Z30 which allows inspectors to fly further away from their subject.

Note: The DJI matrice 200 series doesn’t support the upward mounted camera and downward mounted cameras at the same time. You have to chose between the top gimbal OR using dual bottom gimbal per flight/job. Would've been great to have three cameras running simultaneously. 

The price of the Matrice 200 series won't be released to the public as its a enterprise and customisable drone. For pricing and more information contact us sales@actiongear.co.za. Shipping will start Q2 of 2017.

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Other M200 series specifications include the following:

  • Size: 716mm X 220mm X 236mm
  • Weight: 3.80Kg
  • Max Take off weight: 6.14KG
  • 17 Inch Propellers
  • Dual battery system for 38 min flight time. Option of TB50 (4280mAh) or the larger TB55 (7660mAh) batteries. With no payload you’ll get the following. TB50 – 27min flight time. TB55 -38min flight time.
  • Power management system that automatically heats up batteries when flying in zero temperatures.
  • IP43 rated – its design can endure rain & strong winds. This reminded me of the DJI Wind 1.
  • Flight range of 7Km
  • Dual remote system.
  • 2KG maximum payload capacity
  • ActiveTrack – perfect for search & rescue, keeping your eye on target while you relay co-ordinates.
  • Point of Interest – Ability to circle objects such as cellphone towers and buildings for detailed inspection.
  • Obstacle avoidance sensors also known as flight autonomy system has a total of 7 sensors. The FVS (Forward vision system) can detect obstacles 30 meters ahead. The upper infrared sensor can detect objects 5 meters away. The downward vision system is merely used for precision landing.

(If you would like to order the Matrice 200 series from us please contact us now 011 781 1323 or sales@commercialdrones.co.za)

Now these are all pretty impressive features but there’s one new addition that hasn’t got the attention it deserves. Over the last couple of years I’ve been arguing with DJI to provide us with certain information for the South African Civil Aviation Authorities. To date South Africa have the most prohibitive drone laws in the world. We all understand the SACAAs main concern- Safety. Think of it; when a helicopter flies over our head its normal, we don't look twice with amazement but when a drone flies over a lot of people begin to talk negatively and stress about it crashing. There’s certainly a need for drones to be put through the same rigorous testing and operational procedures as manned aviation. A need for a controlled platform and airspace management. That’s where our product LATAS from our partners Precision Hawk come in. With features such as ADS-B this will open up the airwaves for drone air traffic control - allowing drones to really take off. ADS-B is a reasonably new technology, becoming mandatory in most US aircraft by 2020. ADS-B is mandatory in most of Australia’s airspace – along with their encouraging drone laws this is exactly why we’ll see a lot of drone companies releasing their marketing campaigns from down under. If we were able to get a ADS-B feed from ATNS (Air Traffic Control Network South Africa) and ADS-B receivers were mandatory for all drone manufactures, we’d be able to easily solve the SACAAs number one problem of creating a controlled airspace. I’m happy DJI have finally taken a big step forward and built in a ADS-B receiver. DJI have always claimed that they are only a drone company and don’t need to abide by aviation law but times have changed. You manufacture something that flies – you are in the aviation business!!


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