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Delair Begins A New Period of Growth With New Drone for Agriculture and Airware Acquisition

The latest innovation from Delair delivers new levels of efficiency and productivity for agri-business. Announced this week, the Delair UX11 Ag is a new drone platform optimized for the agriculture industry. Built on the foundation of the successful Delair UX11 fixed-wing UAV, the new version combines the productivity benefits of long-range/BVLOS flight operations with highly accurate survey-grade mapping and plant data collection capabilities.

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Delair is known for their fixed-wind drone solutions and accomplishments in beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights. They are headquartered in Toulouse, France with additional offices in Ghent, Belgium, Los Angeles, and Singapore. We first got to know Delair when we reported on their partnership with Intel and learned more about their expansion into the American market during an interview with Delair co-founder, Benjamin Benharrosh.

Delair UX11 Ag Provides Solutions for Large-Scale Agriculture Activities

Working with drones in agriculture comes with unique challenges, such as covering large areas of land and working in difficult environmental conditions. Survey and mapping professionals in the agricultural and forestry segment need a drone that can handle long-distance flights that also won’t run low on battery when multiple flights are needed.

The Delair UX11-Ag is well suited for a range of large-scale agriculture activities, including inventory control, crop planning, health monitoring of crops, extraction of key production metrics, and crop response assessment in field trials and research. It’s designed specifically for the diverse and often challenging environmental conditions of large-scale farming environments.

Operators will also need to work quickly. The UX11Ag supports a productivity-oriented workflow for long-range, multi-field and multi-flight operations. The precise automatic geolocation—PPK as you go—enables a perfect overlay of maps for temporal analysis or machine guidance. The drone enables real-time review of data, providing even more efficiency for analyzing while in the field.

The Delair UX11-Ag directly addresses an opportunity in the fast-growing agriculture and forestry segment with a solution that uniquely meets the productivity and ease-of-use requirements of these operations. It fills the void that exists between traditional small-scale solutions such as flight-time-limited quadcopters, and the limited resolution and agility through satellites.

—Michaël de Lagarde, co-founder and CEO, Delair.

Minimizing Costs and Optimizing ROI in Agri-Business with Delair UX11 Ag

Wasted expense on inaccurate crop readings is a significant concern for drone operators in agri-business. Delair provides a solution with the UX11 Ag’s enhanced centimeter-level geolocation and efficient operational characteristics that make it a cost-effective solution for large area farming and forestry. The full-featured drone includes sensing technologies and a multispectral camera for plant-level measuring, including bird level, biomass, and chlorophyll.

The Delair UX11 Ag reduces the amount of time and money required to provide detailed surveys of large-scale agriculture operations. For example, thanks to its long-range capabilities, the Delair UAV can typically cover up to 900 hectares in a single day with only six flights at 150-meter altitude. Its precise geolocation capabilities and wide area imaging technology further decrease operational costs. In addition, the rugged “ag-proof” design specifically built for the harsh operational challenges found in agriculture use cases, lowers overall maintenance. As a result, its ROI is extremely high, enabling the customer to see a payback in as a little as a few flights.

The advanced features of the Delair UX11 Ag also have the potential to increase ROI. Some of the most notable features include:

  • Fully integrated high-grade multispectral camera to provide the industry’s best quality agriculture data. The sensor generates plant health indexes and RGB (color) images and is calibrated for precise, repeatable measurements.
  • Weighing in at just 1.6 kg (3.52 lbs), the UX11 Ag is an easy-to-assemble and easy-to-carry system. Its dimensions and takeoff capabilities make hand launching possible.
  • BTOL (bird-like take-off and landing) capabilities for steep-climb take offs and descents in confined areas, reduce downtime between flights and extend its use to challenging environments such as dense vegetation in plantations or forests.
  • Two communications options: Delair Link for 2.4 GHz wireless communications allows connections anywhere and a range of up to 5 km while an integrated secure cellular connection on partner 3G and 4G networks reduces potential interference issues and allows longer range control.
  • PPK-as-you-go makes it possible to precisely overlay maps for temporal analysis and on the route planning and guidance for on the ground agricultural machines.

For complete specifications, check out the Delair UX11 Ag datasheet. Watch the video below to see the UX11 Ag in action.

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Delair Acquires Airware and Begins A New Period of Growth

When UAV Coach interviewed Benjamin Benharrosh, Delair co-founder, back in August, he shared his predictions and goals for Delair over the next couple of years. Primarily, Benharrosh hoped to see growth on the software side of the business.

On the software side, we are expecting exponential growth and a massive improvement in how we address the requirements of all the industries we serve.

—Benjamin Benharrosh, Co-founder, Delair

Evidence that Delair will indeed increase its focus on software comes with the announcement of their latest acquisition. On October 30, Delair announced an agreement to acquire the key assets of Airware, a developer of innovative software analytics tools for drone-based data. The acquisition will enable Delair to further meet the needs of the many industries it serves. The company, which now has more than 180 employees worldwide, supports customers in a wide range of industries such as agriculture, mining, construction, energy, utilities, oil and gas, transportation, security, and emergency services.

As we looked for a partner, we were impressed by Delair’s vision and all the synergies that exist between our technologies and our views of the market. The drone industry is maturing fast and customers are now looking for comprehensive, end-to-end solutions. Airware’s advanced data management and data analysis tools will be highly complementary with Delair’s existing solutions.

—Sasha Pesic, CEO, Airware

Airware’s technology complements the product line from Delair, which is recognized as one of the world’s leading pioneers in commercial drone solutions, especially for BVLOS operations. Delair proved that their drone solutions are fit for BVLOS flights when they became the first in France to accomplish a 30-mile BVLOS flight in 2017. The addition of Airware’s assets will expand Delair’s presence in the United States, as well as in key industrial markets, hopefully leading to more approved BVLOS flights in the United States.

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Advice from One of the World’s Top Drone Pilots: An Interview with 2018 DRL Allianz World Champion Paul “Nurk” Nurkkala

Last Thursday the Drone Racing League (DRL) announced Paul “Nurk” Nurkkala as the 2018 DRL Allianz World Champion. The final race of the season aired on ESPN, and is currently airing internationally in more than 75 countries throughout the world.

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Photo credit: The Drone Racing League

Nurkkala is a twenty-seven year old drone pilot based in Indianapolis, IN. While training to become the champion he put in grueling, 10-hour days, and ultimately beat out some of the best drone pilots in the world for the title, including 2x winning DRL Allianz World Champion Jordan “Jet” Temkin.

We got the chance to sit down with Nurk to ask him about his training regimen, how he became one of the best drone racing pilots in the world, and what advice he has for up-and-coming pilots out there.

Read the interview below to see what he had to say.

Want to learn more about Nurk? Check out his YouTube channel NURK FPV, where he’s been documenting his racing career since he first got started.


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How did you first get into flying drones?

In Christmas of 2014 my in-laws bought me a little toy drone—I think it was a Hubsan X4 .

I’d never really done any RC or drone racing, but I kind of always wanted to. So when my in-laws bought me this drone, I just started playing with it non-stop. I’m a grown adult at this point, 23 years old, and I can’t put this toy down.

How did your initial interest in drones turn into an interest in drone racing?

Before I knew anything about drone racing, I was already taking micro-drones and giving myself challenges.

Like, can I fly it through this gap? Can I land it on this little spot? We even pasted sewing needles to the drone to create challenges. All sorts of stuff.

And then, of course, I broke it. And I was like, I’m an engineer. I can fix this. So I started Googling and doing research to figure out how to repair it, and that’s when I stumbled across a video of a bunch of guys doing a drone race in France. And I was like, “I have to do this.”

I kept attending YouTube university, taught myself a little bit about electronics and how to solder, and I built my own racing drone. The maiden flight was March 15th, 2015. I have a video that my wife took with her cellphone of me flying that drone for the first time.

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Photo credit: The Drone Racing League

What were your first few drone races like?

The first race that I ever went to I was placed in the 3S class, and I won.

About two months later someone on Reddit told me about another race coming up, so I went down and raced there too.

I met some really amazing people at both of those races. The people were part of what really drove my interest in racing. I think the community is what drives most of our passion.

When did you decide to pursue drone racing full time?

I’d been working as a programmer, and shortly after those first few races I did some reflection and realized that I would never be the best at something in programming, because there are a lot of people out there who are already really, really good at it. But I might just have a shot at being one of the best drone racers.

I actually have this all on video, me talking through this. And in that moment, I knew I was really going to go after drone racing, and that it was something I was going to be chasing for at least the next three years.

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After you decided to go all in on drone racing, what steps did you take next to make that happen?

I think there are three key things that happened to help me launch my professional career as a drone racing pilot.

The first thing was that I met drone pilots Zack Thayer and Jordan Temkin, also known as A_Nub and Jet respectively, at an event in Atlanta. Jet had just come off a couple big wins and A_Nub had started his own drone company.

These guys were the first people to give me the time of day. They were really encouraging. I remember being at an event, sitting down and flying, and when I took my goggles off Jet took his off at the same time, and he looked at me and said, “Hey, that was awesome.” That really stuck with me.

The next thing that happened was I won a fairly major race called Flight Bash 2016, which came with a tattoo sponsorship and a pretty big purse. That race was the first time that I beat a professional pilot—actually, three or four of the pilots who competed there would later go on to be on DRL.

And then the third thing was that Zack and Jordan introduced me to Ryan Gury, the Director of Product at DRL, and Ryan brought me on as a coach. The role was meant to give pilots someone to help strategize with that’s not a competitor, but who also is a pilot and has that kind of thought process. That was my first introduction into DRL.

How did you go from that point to joining DRL as a professional drone racing pilot?

As a coach I got to see what true, professional drone racing looked like. Being so close to it was really motivating, and I kept flying all the time while I was coaching.

Shortly after I became a coach I won a regional qualifier, and then I took second place at both the Drone Sports Association’s (DSA) Nationals and at the DSA Drone World’s race.

The day after the BSA race Ryan called me and said, “Hey, you’re coming up to the big leagues.” And that’s when I got to join the DRL team.

What insights can you share with us about drone racing?

To get better, flying every day is really important. Flying is not like riding a bike—you really have to keep your mind and your reactions sharp, and you need to practice just being under goggles a lot.

I advocate for a style of racing that I call kind of like flying without weights. Essentially that means you just ignore the other pilots and focus on what you’re doing. All my training is based around finding and strengthening that self-awareness. The faster I push myself in practice, where it’s okay to crash, the faster my baseline becomes.

Also, the only way to get better at competing is to compete, so I go to every single race I can. Small and local, or big and national, just get out there and compete. And even our practices are competitions. When we go out to practice, we’re there to work. We’re going as fast as we can and we’re pushing ourselves to compete against one another.

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Photo credit: The Drone Racing League

Do you have any special advice for those amateur drone racing pilots out there looking to step up their game? Any tips or tricks?

I don’t think there’s a trick to getting good at racing. It’s all about hard work. It’s about getting the paths in and practicing competition. Bringing your nerves under control and just having experience, getting in the seat, facing that pressure straight on, and doing your best.

[Check out our crash course on the FPV side of drone flight. Our FPV Drone Racing Guide includes explanations of FPV drone flying, how it works, and recommendations for some of the best equipment to get started.]

You’ve said that in order to win the DRL Championship you had to learn how to fly a different way. What does that mean?

In the middle of this season I slumped. I just did not fly well, and I did really bad, and that continued for a few more races.

I just was not feeling it. So I took a step back, did some real reflection, and realized was that when I practice, I fly very tight, complicated courses, developing that quick reaction time, and finding lines through technical sections. But I wasn’t ever really practicing DRL-style tracks, which tend to have really big, open areas interspersed with really technical parts.

In talking to other pilots I realized that they were flying with the stick jammed all the way to the front, which lets them fly confidently through the big parts, and then they take their time through the slow parts.

So I actually changed the way I hold my controller so it’s much easier for me physically to reach the top end of the stick rather than the bottom. By moving my hand a little bit forward and changing my grip up a little bit on the stick, I was able to make it easier to reach that high percentage of terminal rather than the bottom half, and that just kind of forced me to click into it.

What advice do you have for people who want to get started with drone racing?

I can’t help but recommend simulators, especially the DRL Simulator.

When you fly drones, and especially when you race them, you break stuff. And it gets old really fast. So if you can spend the first 30 to 40 hours of your stick time flying without wasting a bunch of money on broken drones and equipment, that is going to be a much more encouraging introduction to flying than crashing and spending a bunch of money.

But once you hit that point where you’re trying to improve and become competitive, my advice changes, and becomes “don’t be afraid to crash.”

If you start practicing and realize that you’re holding back because you’re trying not to crash rather than flying the maximum by increasing that baseline, you have to be willing to say, “Okay, I’m going out and I’m going to be flying above my comfort level.” That way you’ll practice so that when you get to a race, your comfort level is now better and faster than everybody else’s “holy crap I’m gonna crash” kind of perspective.

We understand you have a Part 107 certificate. Can you tell us what motivated you to get that?

There are three reasons I have a 107. The first is, as a professional content creator and a professional pilot, I wanted to do everything by the book and be fully legal as a commercial drone pilot. Even as a YouTube content creator who flies a drone, I do think being 107 certified is a good idea.

Second, I have a company that provides drone services, and so I needed the certificate for that.

And third, this year DRL required all pilots to get their Part 107.

Now that you’ve won the DRL Championship, what are you going to do next?

That is a question I’m currently trying to answer.

I love creating content and sharing it, even though it’s a ton of work, and I imagine I’ll be putting more energy there. For every three-minute flying video, there’s been 30 hours of building and training, practicing and fixing. So sharing flying and racing through that medium, encouraging other people through it, I feel like that’s something that I care a lot about on top of racing itself.

So this opportunity of having won the DRL Allianz World Championship gives me this great platform for me to keep making content and sharing my love for racing with other people. You know, telling people, This is why you should be doing this. And so I couldn’t be more excited about that.

But also, right now, I’m just trying to enjoy the moment. It is pretty incredible.

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Photo credit: The Drone Racing League

Learn more about the Drone Racing League and how it got started in this interview we did last year with DRL CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski.

Are you into drone racing, or want to be? Share your thoughts and opinions on Nurk, the 2018 DRL Championship, and the fast-growing sport of drone racing in this thread on the UAV Coach community forum.

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New FlyCroTug Micro-Drone Can Pull 40 Times Its Own Weight | The Powerful Uses of Micro- and Mini-Drones

A new micro-drone created by scientists from Stanford and EPFL in Switzerland can pull objects that weigh 40 times its own weight.

The micro-drone pulls objects using a winch, and can perform simple mechanical tasks, such as opening a door.

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Many of the headlines out there right now about the FlyCroTug state that it can lift 40 times its own weight, but this is actually not true. As Sally French (a.k.a. the Drone Girl) recently pointed out the FlyCroTug can only pull 40 times its own weight.

But pulling that much weight is nothing to sneeze at. If you weigh about 200 pounds (like I do), pulling 40 pounds your weight would almost be equivalent to pulling two VW buses at the same time. Talk about heavy!

How Can the FlyCroTug Pull So Much Weight?

The key to how the FlyCroTug can pull so much weight is the use of interchangeable adhesives on the drone’s base.

Microspines on the FlyCroTug’s base allow it to dig into rough surfaces, such as carpet or dirt, in order to get traction for pulling. For smooth surfaces, like glass, ridged silicone on the base allows the drone to grab the surface using a kind of suction grip. Both of these adhesives only grip in one direction, so they can be easily removed if need be.

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Using these adhesives, the FlyCroTug, which weighs only 100 grams (.22 pounds), can pull up to four kilograms (or 8 pounds). When you do the math, that’s actually about 36 times the drone’s weight, not 40—but still, that is an impressive feat.

The scientists who created the FlyCroTug say that its design was inspired by examples from nature. Small flying insects were observed pulling heavy objects in order to see how they did it, with a special focus on how wasps were able to move things around that weighed much more than they did.

Wasps quite often will want to grab large prey and move it back to their den. [But] they have to drag it along the ground, hooking on with their claws and moving it bit by bit.

– Matthew Estrada, PhD candidate at Stanford’s Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab

This is exactly how the FlyCroTug works. The winch takes the place of the claws, and the adhesives stand in for the wasp’s ability to dig into the surface along which it pulls its prey.

What Else Can Micro-Drones Do?

Micro-drones are a great starter drone for those learning to fly, and provide an inexpensive option if you’re just getting started. Several of the drones in our free Cheap Drone guide and in the list of drones we recommend in our How to Buy a Drone guide are micros. These are great drones to learn on because of the low price point, but also because there’s less at stake with a potential crash—a tiny drone is going to do a lot less damage than a bigger one if it hits something.

Another use for small drones is in creating light shows. Most well known among these is Intel’s tiny light show drone, called the Shooting Star, which has been in the news often over the last few years.

One of the most recent notable light shows put on with these small drones from Intel was at the Winter Olympics, where Intel flew over 1,200 drones at once to put on a light show and achieve a new Guinness World Record. (This record has since been surpassed by Ehang, in a flight of 1,374 of their Egret light show drones in Xi’an, China.)

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As Intel works on their light show drones, they’ve investigated the technology needed to create drone swarms, in which many drones work in concert. One way to think about the development of micro-drones that can pull heavy objects is to imagine what several—perhaps hundreds, or even thousands—of these drones could do if they were all working together.

A drone swarm could potentially move very heavy objects or create an intricate and beautiful light show, but it also has implications for the defense industry. Given their small size, such drones could avoid detection while flying separately into an area, and then create a formation that could be incredibly powerful and effective.

Breakthroughs like that made with the FlyCroTug will certainly find real world applications, although time will only tell of what kind. For now, it’s neat just to watch this tiny drone pulling open a door.

What do you think about this new, super powerful micro-drone, and micro-drones in general? How can this tech be harnessed, and what do you see it being used for in the future? Hop in and join the discussion in this thread on the UAV Coach community forum.

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Department of Defense Signs $18 Million Counter-UAS Contract | Future Outlook for Federal and State C-UAS Use

Current federal law does not allow state or local government to take action against drones, even when they’re being flown illegally. This includes local law enforcement and security officials who remain unequipped to respond to possible security threats posed by an illegal or rogue drone.

However, counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) have been in use by the Department of Defense and U.S. military overseas for years. Congress established classified policy for how the military can counter drone threats state-side in July 2017. The DOD’s most recent move in regards to C-UAS technology has been acquiring a multi-million-dollar contract with Blighter Surveillance Systems and Liteye Systems.

The unmanned systems industry is innovating at an incredible rate. Unfortunately, with all the great benefits that it provides, it also spawns the rogue operator who uses that tech in a malicious way.

—Kenneth Geyer, CEO, Liteye Systems

Department of Defense Signs Multi-Million-Dollar Counter-UAS Contract

Liteye Systems, a Colorado-based weapons and defense research and development company, has received an $18 million follow-on contract for delivery of numerous containerized anti-unmanned aircraft systems (C-AUDS) from the US Air Force. This is the 5th contract for C-UAS systems and services Liteye has received since the fall of 2016.

Liteye System’s containerized anti-unmanned aircraft system. Source: Blighter

 

Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd, a British designer and manufacturer of electronic-scanning (e-scan) radars and surveillance solutions, recently announced that it is supplying its counter-UAV radar technology to Liteye Systems as part of the multi-million-dollar contract with the United States Department of Defense.

We are delighted to be supplying our counter-UAV radar to Liteye for the US Defense Department. Yet again, we see our field-proven, mission deployed Blighter A400 series radars being selected to respond to the very real strategic threat posed by rogue unmanned systems.

—Mark Radford, CEO, Blighter Surveillance Systems

The Blighter A400 series radars can detect small and slow drones even in complex environments. Plus, their Blighter Ku-band micro Doppler A400 series radars can detect micro-drones and larger unmanned systems at speeds from full flight down to hover-drift. The solid-state all-weather radars also feature digital drone detection (D³) technology, and this enables them to extract the tiny reflections from modern plastic bodied drones even when they are flying close to the ground or near buildings.

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Blighter’s A400 series radar. Source: Blighter

 

Liteye’s C-AUDS system, featuring the Blighter A400 series radar, can detect, track, identify and defeat a Group 1 drone in approximately 10 seconds at a range of up to 3.5 km and has proved to be highly effective against malicious drones. AUDS has successfully defeated more than 1,000 real world drone sorties and been tested against more than 60 types of drone including Nano drones, fixed wing and quadcopters.

Federal Use of Counter-UAS Technology

C-UAS use beyond military use recently became more tenable—in October, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes a section titled “Preventing Emerging Threats.” This section expands the authority to use C-UAS beyond military personnel to other personnel approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Once implemented, the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 (Div. H, Sec. 1601) will allow the Secretary and the Attorney General to authorize certain personnel to take action against an unmanned aircraft system if it poses a credible threat to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset. The requirements for a drone to be deemed a “credible threat” are to be defined by the Secretary or the Attorney General in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation.

The Act also specifies what type of action can be taken against malicious drones, ranging from issuing the operator a verbal warning to using reasonable force, if necessary, to destroy the drone. Additional regulations on privacy, how long the federal government can keep any electronic data it collects, and who it can share the data with are also included.

Congress has established a one year period from the time the Preventing Emerging Threats Act is implemented for the Secretary, Attorney General, and the Secretary of Transportation, to provide an assessment on C-UAS. This assessment is to include, among other things, recommendations for potential changes to existing authorities to allow State, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement to assist Federal law enforcement to counter malicious drone threats where appropriate.

As part of the FAA Reauthorization Act, Congress has also asked the FAA to review agencies currently authorized to operate C-UAS and to provide a report on the process of interagency coordination of C-UAS activity and standards for the operation of C-UAS. Studies of C-UAS technology utilized by the DOD could provide information, guidance, and models for technology more appropriately suited for use by state and local government if approved in the future. Share your thoughts on the future of C-UAS use by federal, state, and local government in this thread on our community forum.

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DJI Launches New Drone for Enterprise with Modular Accessories and 24 GB of Onboard Data Storage | DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

DJI just released a new drone for professionals—the Mavic 2 Enterprise. It offers uniquely powerful features designed for businesses, governments, educators and other professionals that seek to transform their operations with drone technology.

Mavic 2 Enterprise is the most compact, powerful, reliable and safe tool to help professionals integrate drones into their operations.

—Roger Luo, President, DJI

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

Like the Mavic 2 Pro, the Mavic 2 Enterprise features an ultra-compact and foldable design for portability. The Enterprise also features advanced modular accessories that extend users’ capabilities during critical operations like firefighting, emergency response, law enforcement, and infrastructure inspections.

Enterprise use of drones has been on the rise, with a 2018 study reporting over 900 fire, police, and emergency agencies currently using drones in their operations.

Drones are incredible tools that can make our rescuers more efficient, simplify some of our tasks and provide affordable protection from the skies. That is a big deal. We are always looking for a better way to serve our community. With the use of drones, lives are going to be saved.

—Dean Morales, Fire Captain, Mesa Fire & Medical Department

Let’s review some of the specs and new features of the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise.

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Specs

The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise rounds out the three-prong release of the DJI Mavic 2 series, which also includes the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom for consumer and commercial drone operators. The Enterprise offers many of the same features of the Pro and Zoom, such as a foldable design and zoom capabilities, but it is better suited to enterprise tasks such as inspections or search-and-rescue.

Here are some of the Mavic 2 Enterprise specs that stand out most:

  • High-res camera with 2x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom: Mavic 2 Enterprise carries a high-resolution, 12-megapixel camera that is stabilized by a three-axis gimbal for smooth, stable video and images. Designed for dynamic operations, the camera extends the pilot’s sense of sight with a 2x optical and 3x digital zoom capability. This zoom technology profoundly improves the ability of drones to identify and inspect dangerous or difficult areas, as well as to help emergency services protect life and property.
  • 4K video resolution with Ocusync 2.0 video and data transmission system: Ocusync 2.0 delivers such a strong high definition video transmission feed back to the pilot that it could be received up to nearly five miles (eight km) away, though all drone pilots must follow applicable laws about keeping drones within their line of sight.
  • Maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes and a top speed of 72 kph (45 mph): Mavic 2 Enterprise uses DJI’s FOC propulsion motors combined with efficient propellers for quieter and more efficient flight, delivering a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes and a top speed of 72 kph (45 mph).
  • Self-heating battery: A new self-heating battery developed specifically for Mavic 2 Enterprise allows the drone to perform reliably in adverse weather conditions as low as -10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit).
  • Omnidirectional obstacle sensing: The Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the drone to sense and automatically avoid obstacles in front of and behind it, providing additional safety—especially for new pilots and when flying in areas with obstacles or rugged terrain.
  • Takeoff weight (without accessories) of 905 grams (2 pounds): The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise is much lighter than DJI’s other top professional drones including the Matrice 200 Series and Matrice 600.

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Check out the full Mavic 2 Enterprise spec sheet on DJI.

Mavic 2 Enterprise Modular Technology Expands the Capabilities of Drones

With the Mavic 2 Enterprise, modular accessories enable new capabilities. Operators can mount new DJI accessories onto the drone’s body and operate them through the flight control app. These accessories open new paths for pilots to communicate and work from the air, moving drones beyond imaging tools and into configurable platforms that enhance aerial productivity.

The Mavic 2 Enterprise accessories include:

  • M2E Spotlight – A dual spotlight with a brightness of 2,400 lumens aids operators in carrying out missions in dark or low-light areas. Spotlight is ideal for search and rescue as well as inspection applications.
  • M2E Speaker – A loudspeaker with a maximum projection of 100 decibels (1-meter distance) lets pilots play up to 10 custom voice recordings on demand, providing a communications channel to nearby individuals that can be critical during lifesaving emergency operations.
  • M2E Beacon – Designed with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Night Waiver standards in mind, the M2E Beacon features a bright flashing strobe visible three miles away. This helps pilots carry out missions in low-light conditions or at night much more safely, and provides additional airspace awareness for operators of nearby drones and traditional aircraft.

A Safer Drone For Enterprise Drone Operators

An industry first, Mavic 2 Enterprise incorporates 24 GB of onboard data storage and password protection, creating accountability for all access to the drone’s functions and stored data. When Password Protection is enabled, users are required to enter their password each time they activate the drone, link the remote controller with the drone, and access the drone’s onboard storage, giving them full, exclusive use and enhanced security. This provides secure access to the drone and its onboard data storage while protecting that data even if the drone is physically compromised.

A new GPS timestamping feature encodes the time, date, and location of every recorded image, aiding in pilot accountability and ensuring that data captured by the drone can be trusted and used in situations from reviewing critical infrastructure inspections to potential legal proceedings.

Mavic 2 Enterprise Public Safety
In addition, Mavic 2 Enterprise users with heightened data security concerns can use DJI’s Local Data Mode feature which, when activated, will stop the user’s connected mobile device from sending or receiving any data over the internet. This provides added security assurances for operators of flights involving critical infrastructure, governmental projects or other sensitive missions.

Not only does the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise keep your data safe, but it also works hard to keep the operator and people nearby safe as well. Every Mavic 2 Enterprise comes equipped with DJI’s AirSense technology to help improve pilots’ situational awareness and enhance airspace safety. AirSense uses an integrated receiver to automatically alert drone pilots of ADS-B signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters, providing real-time positioning alerts through the DJI Pilot mobile app. This provides an extra level of safety for professional drone operators who fly in congested airspace or near complicated operations, such as wildfire suppression, disaster recovery, and infrastructure monitoring.

Mavic 2 Enterprise Price and Availability

The Mavic 2 Enterprise is available for purchase through authorized DJI Enterprise resellers worldwide.

The US retail price of a Mavic 2 Enterprise Universal Edition which includes an aircraft, a remote controller, one battery, all three mountable accessories and a protector case with flight tools, is $1,999 USD. A Fly More Kit which includes two batteries, one battery charging hub, one car charger, one USB connector, one soft case and two propellers is also available to users for $419 USD.

Order the Mavic 2 Enterprise on DJI.com

Watch DJI’s video below to get more insight into the applications of the Mavic 2 Enterprise.

YouTube Video

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