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DJI Expands Drone Offerings

The Apple of drones offers three new commercial models and enters the world of FPV racing

February 27, 2017

DJI continues to diversify its drone offerings with its new commercial and FPV drone racing applications.

DJI Racing series

On Feb. 22, DJI tweeted an announcement of its new FPV racing products — a somewhat unexpected move from the company most well known for its photography drones.

The foray into drone racing includes two new DJI products: the TAKYON series of ESCs, aptly named for a hypothetical particle that moves faster than light, and the ironically named Snail racing propulsion system.

These are not fully functional, ready-to-fly aircraft — they are simply components for a full racing build. This is atypical for a company known for drones that work straight out of the box, but is certainly in line with the intended audience of FPV racers. The weekly YouTube series Rotor Riot reviewed both products, including a DJI racing airframe that is not currently listed on DJI’s website.
The Matrice 210 RTK can be equipped with a single downward gimbal (seen here), dual downward gimbals, or a single upward gimbal. It also looks badass.
Matrice 200 series

On Feb. 26 at Mobile World Congress 2017, DJI made an announcement that is about as far from racing drones as you can get — three new offerings in the company’s Matrice line of heavy-duty commercial drones. The new drones are the Matrice 200, Matrice 210, and Matrice 210 RTK and can be used for a variety of applications ranging from infrastructure inspection to firefighting.

DJI describes the Matrice 200 series as its “most rugged, reliable, and versatile commercial aircraft to date.” Perhaps the most notable update (and there are many) are the various gimbal configurations — including a dual-gimbal capability and the option for a top-mounted camera.

The Matrice 200 line also features self-heating battery compartments to allow for flight in sub-zero temperatures and IP43 ingress protection (which essentially means that the drone can fly in light rain).

The combination of these powerful new airframes and the uptick of interest in flight management software bodes well for the future of commercial drone applications.
Featured image: YouTube/DJI