China-based drone technology company DJI has introduced the new Matrice 200 drone series (M200), which the company has designed for enterprise solutions – e.g., aerial inspections for critical infrastructure, such as bridges and energy facilities, including wind turbines; construction-site mapping; and public safety, including search and rescue.
The aircraft is compatible with DJI’s X4S and X5S cameras, the Z30 zoom camera, and the XT camera for thermal imaging (powered by FLIR).
The M200 series comes in three versions: The standard M200 is equipped with one downward-facing gimbal mount. The M210 opens up for multiple payload configurations – one single, downward-facing gimbal mount; two parallel, downward-facing gimbal mounts; or one upward-facing gimbal mount, which is DJI’s first. The M210 also features additional connectivity ports to support third-party sensors and accessories. Lastly, the M210 RTK is available with D-RTK modules for centimeter-precision navigation.
The M200 series offers two battery versions – a standard, 95 Wh version and a more powerful version of 174 Wh with a flight time of up to 38 minutes.According to DJI, the drone’s folding design makes the aircraft easy to carry and set up. It also features a water- and weather-resistant body.
For safety, the drone features obstacle-avoidance sensors facing forward, up and down. The M200 series also features DJI AirSense, a built-in ADS-B receiver, which enhances airspace safety by automatically providing the operator with real-time information about the position, altitude and velocity of nearby manned aircraft equipped with ADS-B transmitters.