by Ben Fisher
Posted on March 01, 2016
DJI have unveiled the new generation Phantom 4. It has a slick new look, a glossy polished shell packed with extra features. It has new intelligent automation features for helping pilots navigate hands-free. Four new sensors including sonar and point cloud recognition gives the Phantom 4 sense and avoid capabilities.
The new sports mode allows for faster forward flight. The additional two front facing cameras make subject tracking possible. Allowing for those fast sports shots. Object detection works at 15 meters away (49 feet).
DJI is a 10-year-old company and is the world leading drone manufacturer. They provide products for the hobbyist, professional and industrial markets. After launching the successful Phantom in 2013, the company has seen huge growth allowing it to bring new product releases to market each year. With each new generation, DJI has made flying easier, more reliable and smarter.
You get a sense of their achievement and vision when you evaluate the DJI Agras MG-1. DJI’s first agricultural drone is an eight-rotor crop-sprayer. The Agras features DJI’s industrial flight-control system and microwave radar allowing for centimeter accuracy when flying above terrain. The airframe is dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials. It can be rinsed clean and folded to allow for easy transportation and storage after each flight.
The Agras can handle 10 kilograms of a liquid load for crop-spraying and can cover between 7 and 10 acres per hour. It is over 40 times more efficient than manual spraying. It can fly at eight meters per second adjusting the spraying intensity to ensure even coverage.
To enter the industrial pedigree the Agras body is sealed, with an integrated centrifugal cooling system that cools the motors, extending the life to up to three times. To do this, the aircraft has an air inlet in the front and as the aircraft flies, air passes through the body to the arms, capturing unwanted heat from all components and the entire structure and is finally exhausted via outlets near to the motors. A triple-filtration cuts off the intake of mist, dust, and large particles to reduce wear from impurities.
The system can be flown in manual, semi-automatic or automatic flight modes. The intelligent memory function feature means that when the Agri is brought back to base for recharging or refilling, it can simply return to it’s last memory point to continue spraying where it left off.
This level of engineering and performance for a specific use case is unparalleled anywhere else in the market. DJI is really paving ahead for the future of unmanned aerial vehicle technology.