DJI has released its second-generation dock and its first drone designed specifically for use with docks, DJI Dock 2 and DJI Matrice 3D, Matrice 3TD. DJI’s new offering is currently only available to the Chinese market and can only be accessed via DJI’s China website.
DJI Dock 2
DJI Dock 2 features a space efficient and smaller body, is more capable with a drone specifically designed to be operated out of a dock. Dock 2 has an IP55 rating, a maximum operational range of 10km, an environmental monitoring system.
Dock 2’s volume has been reduced by 75% along with a 68% reduction in weight at just 34kg without a drone. Both make it easier for the DJI Dock 2 to be relocated and tested in multiple locations.
DJI Dock 2 features a built-in backup battery providing an additional 5 hours in the event of a power loss or operating in a remote location. DJI has designed the dock to have a six-month maintenance interval, reducing costs and improving uptime.
DJI Matrice 3D
Along with the Dock 2, DJI has released the DJI Matrice 3D and Matrice 3DT. The Matrice 3D series is DJI’s first drone designed specifically to be used with a dock. Matrice 3D/DT have a 50 minute battery life, six-way obstacle avoidance, a maximum operating range of 10km with a battery thats rated for 400 cycles.
A RTK module is built in to both the drones and has an accuracy of ±3 cm.
Matrice 3D features a wide angle 4/3 CMOS 20MP sensor with a mechanical shutter and a 1/2″ CMOS telephoto 12MP sensor. The Matrice 3DT features a 1/1.32 inch CMOS 48MP sensor, the same 1/2″ CMOS telephoto 12MP sensor, and a 640×512 thermal camera.
If these two payloads sound familiar, its because they have been taken from the Mavic 3 Enterprise and Mavic 3 Thermal.
DJI Dock 2 pricing and availability
DJI Dock 2 comes in two variants, a variant with the Matrice 3D starting at ¥69,999 ($9,613.66) and a variant with the Matrice 3DT for ¥77,999 ($10,712.38). With import, tax, and shipping costs these dollar values are expected to be higher once available in other countries.
Dock 2 is currently only available in China but is expected to release worldwide within the next 6 months. As soon as it shows up at the FCC we will have a better idea of the release date.
DJI Dock 2 specifications
|Total weight exluding drone||34kg|
|Dimensions||Hatch cover open: length 1228 mm, width 583 mm, height 412 mm|
Hatch cover closed: length 570 mm, width 583 mm, height 465 mm
|Input voltage||100V to 240V (AC), 50/60 Hz|
|Input power||Maximum 1000 watts|
|Charging output||28 volts DC|
|Charging time||20% to 90% in 32 minutes|
|Working temperature||-25°C to 45°C|
|Drones in use at a single time||1|
|Max wind speed for landing||8m/s|
|Max operating altitude||2500 metres|
|RTK base station frequency||GPS: L1 C/A, L2|
BeiDou2: B1l, B2l, B3l
BeiDou3: B1l, B3l
GLONASS: L1, L2
Galileo: E1, E5B
|RTK base station accuracy||Horizontal: 1 cm + 1 ppm (RMS)|
Vertical: 2 cm + 1 ppm (RMS)
|Image transmission||O3 Enterprise Edition|
|Image transmission frequency||2.4000 GHz to 2.4835 GHz|
5.725 GHz to 5.850 GHz
|Antenna||Four antennas, two transmitters and four receivers, supports intelligent switching|
|Transmission power||2.4 GHz: < 33 dBm (FCC); < 20 dBm (CE/SRRC/MIC)|
5.8 GHz: < 33 dBm (FCC); < 14 dBm (CE); < 23 dBm (SRRC)
|Airconditioning||TEC air conditioner at 28 volts DC|
|Backup battery||12Ah, 12-volt lead-acid battery|
|Backup battery life||5 hours|
|Network connectivity||1GB ethernet, 4G|
|Security camera||2x 1080p 151° camera with spotlight. One external and one internal|
|Lightning protection||AC power: 20 kA protection (rated value), meeting Type 2 of EN 61643-11 and Class II protection level of IEC 61643-1|
Ethernet: 10 kA protection (total current value), meeting the Category C protection level of EN/IEC 61643-21
|Compatible software||DJI Pilot 2 (with RC Pro Enterprise)|
DJI FlightHub 2
DJI Cloud API
DJI Matrice 3D specifications
|Maximum take-off weight||1610g|
|Dimensions||335 mm long, 398 mm wide, 153 mm high (excluding propellers)|
|Max ascent speed||6 m/s (normal mode)|
8 m/s (sport mode)
|Max descent speed||6 m/s (normal mode)|
6 m/s (sport mode)
|Max flight speed||Normal mode, obstacle avoidance turned on: forward flight 15 m/s, backward flight 12 m/s, side flight 10 m/s.|
Sports mode: forward flight 21 m/s, backward flight 18 m/s, side flight 16 m/s.
|Max wind resistance||Wind resistance during operation: 12 m/s|
Wind resistance during takeoff and landing: 8 m/s
|Max take-off altitude||2500 metres|
|Max flight time||50 minutes|
|Max operational range||10km|