DJI Docks 2nd drone box

Chinese drone maker DJI is ramping up its drone box game with the release of the DJI Dock 2, the company’s second iteration of its drone-in-a-box solution.

And unlike the first dock, this one you can carry in one hand.

Well; not one hand per se; but the DJI Dock 2 weighs 34kgs overall; a weight that is about light years less heavy than the first dock; which was launched with a total weight of about 105kgs in 2022.

There are a number of other notable differences too; the biggest of which is the new drone that at come in the belly of the Dock 2. The new DJI Matrice 3D (in which the D stands for Dock; and of course, there will be a costlier thermal version, called the Matrice 3TD) is also a much lighter version of its Matrice 30TD predecessor; coming at a weight of about 1,410kgs; a maximum flight time of 50 minutes; and hover of 40 minutes maximum.

Of course, it is easy on the eye, like almost all DJI products are; and for more information on the differences or similarities between the two docks; you can refer to the below table; as well as the manufacturer’s information sheet, which we present in full below.

The system is available for pre-order immediately, and the company adds that it made this box with Construction Site Management; Environmental Monitoring; Agriculture; Infrastructure Inspection; Security and Surveillance; Public Safety and Law Enforcement; and Emergency Response operations in mind.

SpecsDock 2Dock 1
SizeDock opened: 1228 x 583 x 412mm
Dock closed: 570 x 583 x 465mm
Dock opened: 1675 x 885 x 735mm
Dock closed: 800 x 885 x 1065mm
Input PowerMax 1000WMax 1500W
Temperature-25°C ~ 45°C-35°C ~ 50°C
IP RatingIP55IP55
Max Takeoff Altitude2500m4000m
Max Operation Radius10km7km
Charge32min (20%-90%)25min (10%-90%)
Monitoring CameraDual-camera automated switchSingle camera
DevelopmentCloud API+edge computingCloud API+edge computing

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian application 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: The 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 percent smaller and 68 percent 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 twelve minutes or less, down from five 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: The DJI Dock 2 can operate steadily, even in harsh climates and environments. It is IP55-rated 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

The 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 take-off and landing situations.

In the hangar, the drone’s battery can be wirelessly charged to 90 percent from 20 percent in approximately 32 minutes.

Minimum Support, Even During Emergencies

DJI Dock 2 only requires maintenance every six months. 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 six-mile operating radius, an IP54 rating for wind and dust, and can recharge for 400 cycles.

The 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.

The 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).


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