Chinese drone giant DJI hopes to soar into bluer skies with the release of the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced (M2EA) in 2021, after a year of conflict with the US government.
Building on the reputation of the popular Mavic series, M2EA is geared towards enterprise markets such as agriculture, mining, construction, inspection and surveying. A DJI press release stated, “The M2EA has also received some serious improvements that take the entire series to the next level. This includes enormous improvements in thermal and image cameras as well as an RTK module that enables outstanding positioning accuracy in real time. “
Check out some of the features of M2EA:
Massive 48 MP visual camera
Compared to the 12 MP image camera of the older model, the M2EA moves up to 48 MP with a maximum image size of 8,000 x 6,000. A half-inch CMOS sensor combined with a 32x digital zoom transforms the new model into what DJI calls “the most powerful cameras ever seen in such a light aircraft”.
Improved drone ability for thermal imaging cameras
DJI improved the thermal sensor array of the M2EA to a thermal resolution of 640 × 512 at a frame rate of 30 Hz, which in turn improves the image details – a significant jump compared to the resolution of the previous model of 160 × 120. In addition to dual vision, the sensor also has a 16x zoom so users can switch between thermal, visual, or shared feeds during an operation.
Extended RTK module
With a new and advanced real-time kinematics module (RTK), the M2EA can deliver accuracy of up to centimeters. RTK is a satellite positioning technique that combines and compares data from physical and virtual stations to correct the M2EA’s camera location. Additional modules are a spotlight with 11 lx light intensity at 30 meters, a 100 dB loudspeaker and a visual beacon with a range of up to 5 km.
Faster take-off speeds
Improvements to the M2EA allow operators to speed up the start. “With the M2EA, a trained operator can unpack, prepare and take off in less than a minute,” says the company, adding that the maximum ascent rate has been increased to 6 m / s so that the drone can take off faster. In addition, the M2EA now has an increased maximum descent of up to 5 m / s, which saves battery life.
Improved waypoint missions
With a new waypoint system that can handle up to 240 waypoints, it’s no problem for the M2EA to move through the ever-changing sky. “Coupled with the RTK module, it is one of the most advanced compact inspection drones to date.” Operators can automate routine routes and capture precise data points on every flight, automatically capturing visual or thermal images.
The essentials: specifications for the geeks
Finally, here are the specs for the M2EA for all drone freaks:
- Takeoff weight (without accessories) – 909g
- Maximum take-off weight – 1,100 g
- Dimensions (L × W × H) – Folded: 214 × 91 × 84 mm, unfolded: 322 × 242 × 84 mm (dimensions vary depending on the module and payload).
- Incline: 7 m / s (S mode), 4 m / s (P mode)
- Top speed – 72 km / h (S mode, no wind), 50 km / h (P mode, no wind)
- Maximum service ceiling above sea level – 6000 m
- Maximum flight time – 31 minutes (measured at 25 km / h in calm conditions, the flight time varies depending on the module and payload)
- Maximum wind speed resistance – 10 m / s (scale 5)
- Maximum tilt angle – 35 ° (S mode, with remote control) – 25 ° (P mode)
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