The Matrice 300 RTK
The Game Changer
I often get requests from clients who are looking for a drone that is able to fly longer, faster and stronger. On the 07th March 2020, DJI introduced the M300 RTK that offers exactly that, launching the commercial drone sector into the next phase of drone capability.
“Mission Duration Increased by 140%”
The M300 RTK boasts an incredible 55-minute flight time (with no payload) compared to the 38-minute flight time of its predecessor, the M200 V2. Over the last few years, the M200 series has become a go-to option for commercial and public safety operators who want something tougher and higher-end than a prosumer model without a huge price tag. The M300 RTK takes this popular commercial platform and upgrades just about everything. Flight time, payload capability, and sense and avoid technology are all much more robust in the new M300. The maximum flight time of 55 minutes translates into a 140% mission duration over its predecessors.
The all-new OcuSync Enterprise enables transmission up to 15 km away and supports triple-channel 1080p video. Real-time auto-switching between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz enables more reliable flight near high-interference environments, while AES-256 encryption offers secure data transmission. The drone can also be flown by two co-pilots, one pilot can control the flight while the other controls the visioning system.
The Matrice 300 RTK is super tough, and offers some impressive new features that will come in handy for those doing commercial work in places with extreme temperature swings.
Here are some of the features that make the M300 so tough:
- Cold proof. Since batteries can become unreliable in cold conditions, the M300 RTK has a self-heating battery.
- Temperature swings. The M300 RTK has an operating temperature of – 20 to 50 degrees Celsius.
- Rain and dust proof. The M300 has a weather sealing rating of IP45, which means it can sustain rain and dust while in the air (the M200 V2 is rated at IP43).
- Wind resistance and speed. The M300 RTK can go up to 81 miles an hour, and has wind resistance of up to 14 metres/second.
When you pair the M300 RTK with the Zenmuse H20 series, payload users are offered two intelligent ways to collect data as per DJI’s product announcement:
Smart Inspection: A new set of features developed to optimise routine data collection missions such as power lines, railway and oil and gas inspections. It consists of Live Mission Recording for recording sample automated missions in real time; AI-Spot Check which enables data collection from exactly the same location every time, greatly improving the accuracy of automated missions. After photos from a sample waypoint inspection mission have been recorded, operators are able to mark the subject of interest. During subsequent automated flight missions, AI algorithms perform a comparison between the marked subject and current live view, thus correcting the camera orientation accordingly to deliver accurate and consistent results; and Waypoints 2.0 – an improved mission-planning system offering up to 65,535 waypoints, while supporting an array of consecutive actions, 3rd party payloads, and more.
Smart Pin & Track: Intelligent functions that enhance synchronization of aerial intelligence in coordinated missions. It includes PinPoint, a function that allows users to mark the subject of interest and instantly share the precise location data to a second operator, or if necessary to ground teams via DJI FlightHub; and Smart Track, which allows users to automatically detect and track a moving object, even at extreme distances, whilst synchronizing the subject’s dynamic location in real time.
Now, if you’re in the Security or Power industry, I’m sure you’re dreaming of all the ways that you can use the M300 RTK, and we don’t blame you! All these capabilities are targeted for heavy-duty visual inspection. In fact, DJI designed the M300 RTK with Security and Power industries in mind. Security and Law Enforcement can quickly assess a situation and plan accordingly while ensuring security and bystander safety. The M300 RTK is also perfect for ‘Search and Rescue’ missions, minimising the number of people needed on the ground by effectively using the different optic options such as the smart track in densely populated areas or the thermal imaging in low-to-no-light areas. In the Power sector, the smart inspection feature is an absolute must-have to ensure consistent data collection, allowing you to easily visualise powerline networks, pipelines and mines in remote, or high-risk areas.
The M300 RTK was designed to work in conjunction with The DJI Zenmuse H20 camera, the first in a new line of “hybrid” multi-sensor cameras. There are two versions: 1) The H20 offers a triple-sensor system with 20-megapixel, 23x Hybrid Optical Zoom Camera and a 12-megapixel wide camera. It also offers a laser rangefinder to measure distances between 3 metres and 1.2 kilometres. 2) The H20T is a quad sensor, which features all of the above, plus a 640×512 thermal camera. This is all part of the M300’s improved payload configurations. The user can configure the M300 RTK to fit their mission needs. Mount up to 3 payloads simultaneously, with a maximum payload capacity of 2.7 kg. the three pay load configurations are; Single Downward Gimbal, Single Upward Gimbal x Single Downward Gimbal and Single Upward Gimbal x Dual Downward Gimbals.
“The M300 RTK isn’t just another drone, it’s changed the entire commercial drone game.”
So, is the new M300 RTK worth the investment? Well naturally we think it is, but after looking at the specs and capabilities we ask you, can you go without it?
What it is capable of, is limited only by your own imagination. The M300 RTK will be an indispensable part of any team that operates it, giving its users better data, allowing for more effective decision-making, completing critical operations and missions faster and more effectively than humans or older generation drones. The M300 RTK isn’t just another drone, it’s changed the entire commercial drone game.
M300 Vs. M200 Specs
|M300 RTK||M200 V2|
|Dimensions||Unfolded, propellers excluded, 810×670×430 mm||Unfolded, propellers and landing gears included, 883×886×398 mm|
|Folded, propellers included, 430×420×430 mm||Folded, propellers and landing gears excluded, 722×247×242 mm|
|Takeoff Weight||Approx. 3.6 kg (without batteries)||Approx. 4.69 kg (with two TB55 batteries)|
|Approx. 6.3 kg (with two TB60 batteries)|
|Max Payload||2.7kg||1.45 kg|
|Max Takeoff Weight||9kg||6.14 kg|
|Max ascent speed||S mode: 6 m/s||16.4 ft/s (5 m/s)|
|P mode：5 m/s|
|Max Descent Speed||S mode: 5 m/s||9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)|
|P mode：3 m/s|
|Max Speed||S mode: 82.8 kph||S-mode/A-mode 81 kph P-mode: 61.2 kph|
|P mode：61.2 kph|
|Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level||5000 m (with 2110 propellers, takeoff weight ≤ 7 kg) / 7000 m (with 2195 propellers, takeoff weight ≤ 7 kg)||3000 m (with 1760S propellers)|
|Max Flight Time||55 min||38 min (no payload),|
|31 min (max payload||24 min (takeoff weight: 6.14 kg)|
|Max range||NCC/FCC: 15 km||NCC/FCC: 8 km|
|CE/MIC: 8 km||CE/MIC: 5 km|
|SRRC: 8 km||SRRC: 5 km|
|Hovering Accuracy Range||Vertical:||“Vertical:|
|±0.1 m (Vision System enabled)||±0.5 m|
|±0.5 m (GPS enabled)||±0.1 m (Downward Vision System enabled)|
|±0.1 m (RTK enabled)|
|±0.3 m (Vision System enabled)||±1.5 m|
|±1.5 m (GPS enabled)||±0.3 m (Downward Vision System enabled)|
|±0.1 m (RTK enabled)|
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