DJI has been on a roll with its consumer-facing drones. Last year, the Chinese company unveiled three new drones: the ultra-portable Mavic Pro and high-definition Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2. During Mobile World Congress on Sunday, DJI showed off its newest drone aimed at the enterprise — enter the DJI M200 series.
The Matrice 200 (M200) series is the third in DJI’s lineup of enterprise-focused drones. The quadcopter is built for performing aerial inspections and collecting data, especially in areas too dangerous for humans. Industrial applications such as inspecting wind turbines and power lines and performing search and rescue over arctic regions.
The drone’s folding hull is easy to transport and setup for field operations, and with a weather and water-resistant body, M200 proves capable in rain or snow. However, DJI tells TechCrunch that it won’t power through a sandstorm. Dual batteries provide the drone with 35 minutes of flight time, even in sub-zero conditions thanks to the self-heating enclosure. Magnetic interference, say from electrical towers, doesn’t even halt the M200. With Light Bridge 2 supported, pilots can expect 4 miles of range with up to 1080p live streamed footage. Akin to the consumer-facing Phantom and Mavic Pro, the M200 series supports in-flight autonomy. Laden with sensors all over, the drone can autonomously avoid obstacles. As an added safety feature, the included ADS-B receiver provides pilots with advisory traffic information from nearby aircraft.
M200 consists of three versions. The standard M200 comes with one downward-facing gimbal. Upgrade to the M210, and you’ll get multiple payload configurations: one or two downward facing gimbal mount or one upward-facing gimbal mount. In addition, the M210 ships with additional connectivity ports and supports third-party sensors and accessories. Lastly, the M210 RTK provides centimeter-precision flying.
The robust drone supports DJI’s X4S and X5S cameras, as well as the ultra-zoom Z30 and thermal XT camera. More impressive is how the M200 can support two of these cameras in unison.
DJI’s robust and enterprise-focused drone lineup gets off the ground later this quarter. Pricing is still to be announced, though TechCrunch reports that it’ll be more expensive than the $3,000 DJI Inspire 2. That makes sense, the drone’s price tag largely depends on the configuration. If you’re interested in flying with DJI’s M200, you can get in touch with the team here.