There are a range of industry sectors that require drones with specially suited capabilities. Cell tower inspections, search & rescue and bridge inspections are just a few examples where general-purpose consumer drones may face challenges, Hence, a safer, more customizable solution is needed. Leading drone manufacturer DJI has launched a new series of drones to make industrial work safer. The M200 series has high-performance motors used with 17-inch propellers to ensure safe, stable flight.
The M200 has a dual battery system which means improved reliability and the batteries are self-heating for use in cold environments. The enclosed design of the aircraft means it can perform exceedingly well in inclement weather. In addition, the pilot can focus on flying by using the first-person feed from a small onboard camera.
The transmission range of the series is 7 km and has a maximum flight time of 38 minutes using two TB50 batteries. This model of battery is also compatible with the Inspire 2. The maximum payload of the series is 2 kg.
The M200 series of aircraft can be used with the DJI GO 4 or DJI Pilot app. When used in conjunction with these apps, the aircraft has the familiar ActiveTrack feature to help keep moving subjects in frame. ‘Point of interest,’ ‘Spotlight,’ and ‘Tripod’ modes together with obstacle avoidance make the M200 particularly useful for conducting inspections. Detailed flight planning can also be performed with the DJI GS Pro app.
The M200 series uses Lightbridge for control of the aircraft and receiving a live stream from the camera to the mobile monitoring device, a tablet or phone.
Quite uniquely in the DJI family of drone aircraft, the M200 has ADS-B built into its DJI AirSense system which enhances safety. This system gives the pilot real-time information about the position, altitude, and velocity of nearby manned aircraft (which have ADS-B transmitters) to avoid potential collisions.
There are three important model distinctions in the M200 family.
The M200 itself has a single downward camera whereas the M210 can have a single downward, single upward or dual downward cameras and has additional connectivity ports to support third party sensors and accessories. The M210 will be able to support additional sensors in the future. Finally, the M210 RTK is identical to M210 but has an additional RTK unit which ensures centimeter precision navigation. The RTK unit is built into the drone so you just have to unfold the arms to deploy the aircraft.
Although yet to be released, the M200 series can be used with the DJI Goggles for an all-encompassing FPV visual experience. An 85-degree view from the drone can be seen in full 1080p.
The M200 series is a welcome addition to the DJI family of aerial products and has potential to be embraced by diverse industries for the robust design, innovative features and ability to enhance safety.