1.) 38-minute flight time (no payload) / 24-minute flight time (full payload)
To support the variety of payloads including carrying up to 2 cameras, the M200 comes with more powerful motors and a new battery system. Similar to the Inspire 2, the M200 features dual batteries for redundancy, ease-of-transport, and more power. There are two options for batteries, TB50 and TB55. TB55 batteries are wider and hold 7660mAh instead of the 4280mAh that the TB50s have. While the TB55’s allow for nearly double the flight time with full payload, they are above the watt-hour limit for transportation on airplanes, which can be important for many drone-flying travelers. Both batteries also have a self-heating encasing so they can handle sub-zero temperatures.
2.) IP43 Ingress Protection
Until now, most drones were at the complete mercy of the weather. They historically cannot handle heavy wine, high levels of moisture, and rain. The M200 changes that. It has an Ingress Protection rating of 43. Ingress Protection ratings are an international standard for measuring the sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against foreign bodies (dirt, dust, objects) and moisture. The first digit is the rating for solids and the second digit is the rating for liquids. The “4” for solids means that the enclosure can keep out objects greater than 1mm and the “3” means the enclosure can keep out spraying water less than 60 degrees from the vertical, in other words, rain. This is very important for jobs that must be done in the elements, such as for search and rescue or rain-or-shine inspections.
3.) DJI Airsense
The M200 also has a built-in ADS-B receiver. ADS-B stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast. ADS-B allows for “real-time precision and shared situational awareness.” It takes ground radar and navigational aids to a whole other level. With this system, pilots can see where other aircraft are in the sky, pinpoint weather and terrain hazards, and even get flight information such as temporary flight restrictions. By 2020, all aircraft operating in controlled airspace will be required to have ADS-B. Incorporating this in drone technology now will keep operators one step ahead and make flight in various environments even safer.
These new features combined with the various other benefits make the M200 platform an excellent choice for safe, intelligent drone flying for everything from industrial inspections to search and rescue.