DJI has officailly introduced its “workhorse” inspection drone, the Matrice 300 RTK and the Zenmuse H20.
While the M300 RTK and Zenmuse H20 are both packed with features designed specifically for commercial use-cases, the systems feature a number of groundbreaking technologies and features that will inevitably make their way into more consumer-centric drones.
Also called the M300 RTK, this drone is an upgrade in every way over its predecessor, the M200 V2. That includes a very long flight time of 55 minutes, six-direction obstacle avoidance, and a doubled (6 pound) payload capability. That allows it to carry a range of powerful cameras, which we’ll get to in a bit.
The drone is also built for weather extremes. IP45 weather sealing keeps out rain and dust. And a self-heating battery helps the drone to run in a broad range of temperatures, from -4 to 122 Fahrenheit.
The DJI Matrice 300 RTK can fly up to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from its controller and still stream 1080p video back home. That video and other data can be protected using AES-256 encryption. The drone can also be flown by two co-pilots, with one able to take over for the other if any problem arises.