There are plenty of uses for drone technology, and there are even more types of drones to choose from! In this blog, we’ll be taking a closer look at these different types of drones and the characteristics that make them unique.
Matrice 300 RTK
The Matrice 300 RTK is DJI’s newest release to the drone market. It has an IP-45 weather rating, meaning it is protected from solids greater than one millimeter and from low-pressure water jets from any direction. It also comes with new AI functions and an amazing obstacle sensing system.
DJI has made it possible to carry three individual payloads at once, resulting in maximum efficiency as it pairs with a beast of a battery. The new 12-cell 5935 mAh TB60 battery allows for long-endurance flights of up to 55 minutes without a payload. A payload is also known as a machine’s carrying capacity, so the amount of passengers or cargo it can manage. Real-world flight time with the XT2 or H20T payloads will be around 45 minutes.
Matrice 210 RTK V2
The Matrice 210 RTK V2 was introduced in early 2019 and included several ground-breaking new features.
For example, centimeter-level positioning accuracy using the included D-RTK 2 Mobile Station and Time Sync, which provides enhanced accuracy with RTK positioning embedded directly in the image metadata. Now that was a mouthful!
Another area where the Matrice 210 RTK V2 shines is in its ability to fly in urban and congested environments where there are high levels of interference. The Matrice 210 RTK V2 can carry two downward payloads or a single upward payload, instead of two downward and one upward simultaneously like the Matrice 300 RTK.
Where the Matrice 210 RTK falls short of the Matrice 300 series is in flight time. In fact, it’s up to 18 minutes shorter. Additionally, the Matrice 210 RTK has a shorter range than the Matrice 300 (about 4 miles less) and the Matrice 210 RTK cannot be used with the new H20 Series of payloads..
Overall, the Matrice 210 RTK V2 is an exceptionally capable aircraft, especially for construction and survey applications.
Matrice 210 V2
The Matrice 210 V2 is nearly identical to the Matrice 210 RTK V2 but without the RTK capability. The two aircraft share quite a few characteristics: TB55 batteries, a Cendence remote controller, payloads (e.g. Zenmuse X5S, X7, XT2, Z30), and 3rd party options such as the Z15 gimbal spotlight. Additionally, much like the Matrice 210 RTK V2, the Matrice 210 has expansion ports for custom solutions.
Matrice 200 V2
The Matrice 200 V2 is the most cost-effective option in the Matrice 200 series lineup, equipped with a single downward gimbal port. This aircraft is especially useful for pilots who use a single payload.
The Matrice 200 V2 also eliminates the additional expansion ports available on the Matrice 210 and Matrice 210 RTK. While it may fall short in those areas, the Matrice 200 still shines with a range of up to five miles, an IP-43 rating, a flight time of up to 38 minutes, and several different payload options.
Matrice 600 Pro
The Matrice 600 Pro is DJI’s heavy-lift platform. With a payload capacity of 13.2 lbs and a max speed of 40 mph, the Matrice 600 Pro is extremely versatile. The Matrice 600 Pro lacks many of the features and functions that we are accustomed to, such as an IP rating and obstacle avoidance.
Still, it makes up for those shortcomings with an impressive 38 minute flight time with no payload, and flexible payload options and cargo carrying capabilities.
The Acecore Zoe is a customizable platform capable of fulfilling any number of roles. Each Zoe is custom-built to your exact specifications. The Zoe has a remarkable payload capacity of up to 14lbs, whether it be a FLIR camera, Sony A7R, custom sensor, or even a case of water to drop with the available payload drop system. Rain or shine, the Zoe is capable of flying in sustained winds of 35-45 mph.
From the high-quality carbon fiber frame to the aerodynamic teardrop arm design, Zoe excels at even the most challenging tasks.
For those of you who are more security conscious, the Zoe can be configured with the Pixhawk Cube Blue, one of the only flight controllers Made in America.
FLIR Skyranger R60
The FLIR Skyranger R60 was originally designed for military and defense. However, many civilian organizations have found a use for this aircraft in their fleets.
The R60 uses a ruggedized, IP-53 rated, reinforced polycarbonate folding airframe that makes the R60 both robust and quick to deploy. Capable of enduring sustained winds of 45 mph and gusts up to 55 mph, the R60 is a truly all-weather platform. SkyRangers are deployed with over 20 militaries and in use with public safety agencies and industrial operators in over 30 countries.
If security is a priority factor, the R60 is likely a platform that you want to consider. Being 100% made in North America, the SkyRanger is a great platform for those who operate near critical infrastructure or other areas where there are limitations.
A Key Takeaway
As you can see, there are many drone options! Each type of technology brings its own set of skills to the table. While the options may seem overwhelming, we hope you received a better idea of how this technology can help you. As always, contact us if you would like to go over any of these systems in more detail or if you’d like to discuss your specific use case.