DJI Launches New Commercial Drone Platform 

The new DJI Matrice 350 RTK has an all-new video transmission system, more efficient battery system, and payload expansion capabilities By Caroline Rees / 23 May 2023
DJI Launches New Commercial Drone Platform
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DJI has launched the DJI Matrice 350 RTK (M350 RTK), an upgraded flagship drone platform that is believed to be more adaptable, safer and efficient for any aerial operation in public safety, energy, mapping, infrastructure or forestry.

“It’s great to see how commercial drone pilots around the world use DJI platforms to carry out their operations with increased safety and more effectively than using traditional technology,” said Christina Zhang, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at DJI. “The new capabilities offered by the advanced technology of the M350 RTK enables operators to push these boundaries even further.”

More power for more scenarios

With its 55-minute max flight time (flying at approximately 8 m/s without payloads), the M350 RTK’s has a payload capacity of 2.7kg allowing operators a choice of payloads for their task. The new DJI O3 Enterprise Transmission gives users peace of mind with triple-channel 1080p HD live feeds and a max transmission distance of 20 km at a flight altitude of approximately 120 m. This is achieved with a four-antenna transceiver system, which can intelligently select the two optimal antennas to transmit signals, while the four antennas receive signals simultaneously. Anti-interference capabilities are significantly improved and transmission stability is optimized.

Enhanced flight safety

For use in both commercial and rescue missions, the M350 RTK’s IP rating has been improved from IP45 to IP55 and the FPV camera has been enhanced to provide better navigation for safer night flights. The M350 RTK also adds a new arm lock detection function to avoid the risk of unlocked arm sleeves, alleviating pilot concerns during flight. 

Concerns are also lessened with the drones six-directional binocular vision system and an infrared sensing system for six-directional awareness, positioning, and obstacle-sensing capabilities, providing comprehensive protection during flight.

Improved efficiency

The M350 RTK comes with the DJI RC Plus as standard giving the operator a 7-inch high-bright screen, the option of Dual Operator Mode and an operating time of up to six hours with a standard WB37 external battery. Dustproof and waterproof to IP54 and with an operating temperature of -20° to 50° C (-4° to 122° F), the RC Plus is ready to support operation even in severely hot or cold environments.

Intelligent functions can greatly increase the efficiency and safety of any drone deployment. AI Spot Check can be used to automate routine inspections and capture consistent results every time; or PinPoint can be used to mark an object with a quick tap and have its coordinates calculated and projected to all camera views as an AR icon which is particularly useful in search and rescue operations.

Flight cost reduction

The M350 RTK’s new TB65 battery has a 100% increased battery cycle count and can be charged up to 400 cycles,reducing the cost of a single flight. Its dual-battery system supports battery hot swapping and allows for multiple flights without powering off.

The new BS65 Intelligent Battery Station provides a one-stop solution for battery charging, storage, and transport. Multiple charging modes enable the operator to select the best option for them such as charging the battery up to 50% in Storage Mode, if the battery isn’t going to be used again for a prolonged period of time, or Ready-to-Fly Mode, which quickly charges multiple battery sets to 90% to start operation at any time and extend the battery life.

When the battery station is connected to DJI RC Plus, the DJI Pilot 2 app will display the battery status and health information. In addition, the user can set the number of self-discharge days, update the firmware, export logs, and access other quick operations with one tap.

The battery station is designed with 360°-movement wheels for convenient transportation.

Powerful payloads

The M350 RTK supports a single downward gimbal, dual downward gimbals, and single upward gimbal, and has an E-Port open interface. With a max payload capacity of 2.7 kg, the aircraft can carry up to three separately purchased payloads simultaneously, meeting the needs of different operation scenarios such as public safety, inspection, and mapping.

Intelligent operation

A number of intelligent features can be used to get the very best from the aerial platform.

  • High-Precision Mapping: The M350 RTK supports Waypoint, Mapping, Oblique, and Linear Flight missions. Terrain Follow or Smart Oblique can be used for efficient data collection and, when combined with DJI Terra, HD 2D and 3D digital results can be quickly achieved for high-precision and high-efficiency mapping operations.
  • Air-to-Ground Coordination: With functions like the high-precision PinPoint and cloud-based real-time mapping, the M350 RTK can link the air, ground, and cloud together. After the aircraft completes image collection, DJI FlightHub 2 can quickly model the operation site and transmit command information to the aircraft and ground operators. Both the remote controller and FlightHub 2 support point, line, surface drawing, and real-time uploading, and can cooperate with the aircraft to livestream the real-time operation view, breaking through communication barriers for air-to-ground collaborative operation.
  • Automated Precision Inspection: Through Live Mission Recording, the M350 RTK can generate and store flight route files that can be used at any time to create automated operations and reduce the time and effort needed for make repetitive inspections.  When using AI Spot-Check,the M350 RTK supports automatic framing and manual adjustment of subjects to improve the accuracy of repeated shooting and the quality of inspection operation.

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact
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