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Nab 2016: DJI unveils powerful Matrice 600 drone

Nab 2016: DJI unveils powerful Matrice 600 drone
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Jon Creamer
20 April 2016

DJI has unveiled the Matrice 600, its next-generation “aerial platform.”

 

The M600 integrates DJI’s new A3 flight controller onboard and features advanced Lightbridge 2 video-transmission technology that offers high frame rates and HD live-streaming capability at distances up to 5KM. 

 

“The M600 is the most-powerful and easiest-to-use professional platform DJI has ever produced,” said Senior Product Manager Paul Pan. “We’ve pre-programmed all M600 platform data and information into the A3 flight controller, remote and transmission system to minimize setup and get you flying as quickly as possible.” 

 

The M600 is a six-rotor system with a maximum payload of 6.0 kilograms meaning it can be used with DJI’s Zenmuse gimbals, including the Z15 series and the Zenmuse X series camera.

The M600’s carrying weight also allows it to fly the Ronin MX, DJI’s newest handheld and aerial three-axis gimbal. The M600’s propulsion system is dustproof to simplify maintenance and increase durability. It has actively cooled motors for more-reliable flight, and its landing gear is retractable for full 360-degree, unobstructed imaging. 
 

The M600 is powered by six DJI Intelligent Batteries. The customized battery-management system and power distribution board allow all six batteries to be turned on and off with the push of one button and keep the system aloft, should a single battery fail. The M600 will fly up to 36 minutes with a Zenmuse X5 camera attached and up to 16 minutes with a larger camera, such as a RED EPIC. Flight time will vary for different cameras, gimbals and a number of other conditions. 

 

The integrated A3 flight controller uses sine-wave-driven, intelligent electronic speed controllers and the  self-adaptive flight systems adjust parameters automatically, based on different payloads.  

 

It’s upgradable to the A3 PRO system, which features advanced diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) units and three inertial measurement units.  

 

The A3’s GNSS system can also be optionally upgraded to DJI Real-Time Kinematic technology, offering centimeter-accurate positioning to allow for complex manoeuvres in an industrial setting and so that cinematic shots can be precisely replicated. The RTK technology can also withstand magnetic interference. 

 

The M600 supports the DJI GO app, which includes a live video feed, battery and redundancy status, transmission strength and other data to keep the user informed of flight status . The app also provides access to aperture, shutter speed, photo and video capture on any Zenmuse X-series camera, plus remote focus on the Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras. 

 

The M600 is compatible with the DJI Onboard Software Development Kit and Mobile SDK to work with different industrial applications. It has dual parallel CAN and API ports for connecting DJI devices, including the Guidance sensor system, RTK GPS units or third-party components. 

 

The M600’s retail price, including the integrated A3 flight controller with Lightbridge 2 and a full set of batteries, is $4,599

 

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