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  • William Hunt MBE

New DJI Drones Coming Soon?

Just recently, Terra Recon has seen a lot of rumours about the impending release of anew aircraft from DJI. We've heard about the Mavic 3, Inspire 3 and even a Phantom 5.

We dont believe anything new will emerge into the marketplace before the end of the year -at the earliest - and here's why.

In Europe, new European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) new regulations kick in with effect from 1 July 2020. These regulations describe classes of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) for which there are no specifications. For European flyers, grandfather rights will applicable until such time industry catches up, but his could take some time. So, the big manufactures are highly unlikely to bring anything to the marketplace until the specifications are published otherwise they run the risk of introducing new drones that cannot be sold in Europe.

Having said that, Autel has been brave enough to launch its EVO II series, which have some great specifications, but at the time of writing, they have yet to appear in the public marketplace.

Do we need a Phantom 5? Maybe. But the Phantom 4 v2, and its RTK and Multispectral siblings more than adequately meet the meets of most operators. The P4 looks a bit dated but so does the average Land Rover but it's a trusted product that has withstood the test of time.

What would we like to see?

- A Phantom 4 RTK with a capability for interchange payloads.

- An upgraded Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual with a) a higher resolution FLIR-MX sensor and

b) an optical zoom camera.

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