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DJI Dock 2 Elevates Automatic Drone Operations to New Heights

Mar 27, 2024 Viewpro_Elmer

DJI, the world’s leader in civil drones and creative camera technology, today launches DJI Dock 2 to the global market. Featuring the exclusively designed DJI Matrice 3D/3TD drone, this lightweight “drone in a box” is cost-effective and simple to install and deploy. Compatible with DJI FlightHub 2, automated aerial missions can be managed and monitored through cloud-based operations. As a powerful end-to-end enterprise solution, DJI Dock 2 can streamline daily operations for surveying, inspections, asset management, and security.

“Over the years, DJI’s industrial-grade drones have helped everyday heroes worldwide save lives, improve worker safety across industries, and conserve ecosystems amid climate changes,” said Christina Zhang, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at DJI. “Today, far too many workers must perform repetitive but complex and dangerous jobs manually onsite. With DJI Dock 2, we’re delivering a cost-effective automatic aerial solution to complete these jobs efficiently from a safe distance.”

Easily Fly Automatic Missions with Dock 2

Compared to the previous generation, Dock 2 is significantly smaller and lighter while offering superior operation capabilities and cloud-based intelligent functions. For example, using DJI FlightHub 2, high-precision 3D models can be created based on collected flight data. With this information, drones can be programmed to automatically adjust the camera’s angle to capture the same area in subsequent flights. Routine surveying tasks can be automated with features like this, improving worker safety and efficiency.

  • Easy-to-deploy, lightweight design
    DJI Dock 2 weighs 75 pounds (34kg) and measures 22.4 inches in length x 22.9 inches in width x 18.3 inches in height (570mm x 583mm x 465mm). Being 75% smaller and 68% lighter than the previous generation, two adults can carry it by hand—making installation easier and more cost-effective.
  • Efficient site evaluation for swift deployment
    DJI Dock 2 uses vision sensors to evaluate a site before deploying the drone, ensuring the flight path and destination have good GNSS signals. This significantly expedites the site selection process to 12 minutes or less, down from 5 hours. Once ready, it can quickly complete propeller inspections and get accurate RTH location information using its dual RTK antennas, allowing the drone to take off within a minute.
  • Reliable in extreme weather conditions
    DJI Dock 2 can operate steadily, even in harsh climates and environments. It is IP55-rated[1] for dust and water resistance and uses gauges for rainfall, wind speed, and temperature to sense real-time weather changes. Using DJI FlightHub 2 with online weather forecasting, timely warnings can be sent, and flight tasks can be terminated as needed.
  • Steady and cost-effective remote operations
    DJI Dock 2 can be programmed to complete missions automatically, but at any time, operators can control the flight and gimbal angle from anywhere. Internal and external fisheye lenses provide real-time conditions within and outside the dock, allowing operators to remotely observe weather conditions, environmental circumstances, and takeoff and landing situations. In the hangar, the drone’s battery can be wirelessly charged to 90% from 20% in approximately 32 minutes.
  • Minimum support, even during emergencies
    DJI Dock 2 only requires maintenance every six months[2]. If there is a power outage, it can operate independently with the built-in battery for 5 hours, leaving sufficient time for the drone to return and land. Also, DJI FlightHub 2 immediately sends email notifications if a flight task fails, allowing operators to trace and troubleshoot accurately.

High-precision aerial missions with new DJI Matrice 3D/3TD

An all-new DJI Matrice 3D/3TD drone is designed to meet the high-standard operational requirements for DJI Dock 2. Both drones feature integrated RTK antennas, omnidirectional obstacle sensing, and automatic obstacle bypass, enhancing the success rate of each automatic flight task. They also boast a 50-minute maximum flight time, a 6-mile operating radius, an IP54 rating for wind and dust, and can recharge for 400 cycles[3].

  • Matrice 3D is designed for automatic mapping and surveying missions. It features a tele camera (1/2-inch CMOS, 162mm format equivalent, 12MP of effective pixels) and a wide camera (4/3 CMOS, 24mm format equivalent, 20 MP of effective pixels) with a mechanical shutter, meeting the needs for 1:500 high-precision mapping tasks.
  • Matrice 3TD is designed for security and inspection operations. It features the same tele camera as the Matrice 3D but a different wide camera (1/1.32-inch CMOS, 24mm format equivalent, 48MP of effective pixels). It also includes an additional infrared camera (40mm format equivalent, 640×512 resolution for normal mode and 1280×1024 resolution for UHR infrared image mode, 28x digital zoom) that can depict both visible light and thermal images.

Integrated open ecosystem with extensive capabilities

DJI supports an open ecosystem, allowing operators the flexibility to use both DJI and third-party software and payloads. For example, DJI Dock 2 is compatible with DJI TerraAPI for 2D/3D model reconstruction or DJI FlightHub 2 for cloud-based operations. Meanwhile, the DJI Matrice 3D/3TD can use third-party payloads such as loudspeakers, spotlight, or parachute using the E-Port and E-Port Lite (all sold separately).

Availability

Both versions of DJI Dock 2 with either the DJI Matrice 3D or DJI Matrice 3TD can be reserved starting 26th March. Interested buyers can get pricing from local authorized DJI Enterprise dealers.

[1] DJI Dock 2 is IP55 rated, and DJI Matrice 3D/3TD is IP54 rated. Both are tested under controlled laboratory conditions. The IP rating is not permanently effective and may decrease due to product wear and tear. For details, refer to the User Manual.

[2] Measured in a windless, sand-free, and non-erosive environment at 25° C (77° F). Actual maintenance intervals should be determined based on the deployment environment and operating frequency. It is recommended to conduct maintenance every six months or less.

[3] Within 12 months, when the ambient temperature for battery storage is below 35° C (95° F), and the cumulative time with a battery level of 90% or more is less than 120 days, the battery cycles can reach 400 times.

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