The modernization affected not only unmanned aerial vehicles, but primarily their components and controls. The DJI RC Plus remote controller is the latest device for automated flights and complex missions in the air. More about it today in our review.
The quadcopter remote control is the most important drone control for navigation, motion settings, shooting modes, crash management, and other instructions. Always, each drone is supplied to the user with a transmitter or a remote control. The specific features of this device vary depending on the drone you purchase, but each remote controller has basic functions: launching and landing the drone, rotation around its axis, moving back and forth, and other basic settings for moving in the air.
It is not unknown that, like drones, control panels are created manually by radio electronics enthusiasts and avid FPV players. But you need to understand that those collected “on the knee” often may not fit the needs of the majority. If the remote control is too small or large, the response of the joysticks is too slow or fast, the screen with a poor quality sensor, or with an inconvenient smartphone mount, then controlling the drone will turn into a torment.
When it comes to using the UAV for more serious purposes than FPV, or even more so in industrial sectors, the control panel should be considered a turnkey solution. Energy security specialists, surveyors or intelligence officers who decide to use drones for production needs do not always have the time and opportunity to delve into manuals and buy remote controls, payloads or additional accessories somewhere on Ali. The client is offered to buy the entire set of equipment at once, which is fully integrated into the ecosystem and works flawlessly.
The DJI Ecosystem
The leader of such solutions is the Chinese company DJI. They were the first to create a unique ecosystem where the end product is a complete unmanned solution. Take, for example, the flagship of industrial multi-rotor systems — the DJI Matrice 300 RTK. Depending on the goals and objectives, the aircraft can be supplied in various configurations. The range of industries where the device can be used is literally unlimited.
For example, for the inspection of power transmission poles, where it is required to perform the maximum number of long-distance flights in one shift, you will need a camera with a good zoom, a thermal imager (for thermal imaging diagnostics) and a large supply of batteries. In this case, a specialist should also have an H20T thermal imaging camera (where a 23x optical zoom, a wide-angle camera, a laser rangefinder and a thermal imager are in one gimbal), a PART06-BS60 charging hub, from four to eight TB60 batteries, two — Four DJI CrystalSky/Cendence WB37 remote control batteries and two DJI Matrice 300 Smart Controller Enterprise (Part01) and (Part02). If necessary, this set can be equipped with a DJI D‑RTK mobile station, which will increase the shooting accuracy to a centimeter.
It is noteworthy that the DJI M300 RTK can be controlled from two remotes at once. This is extremely convenient when you need to control the copter and the gimbal at the same time. Or, for example, when flying over long distances, one pilot can launch the drone, fly to a point at maximum signal range, and the next pilot will take control and send the drone to the next mission after replacing the battery. Finally, it is a flexible solution for working in places with unstable communications and interference. And that’s not all the features of DJI’s Smart Controller. If you wish, you can display a picture from one remote control on a large TV screen and the staff of the situational center will watch such an unmanned inspection online.
New DJI RC Plus controller
The DJI Smart Controller may seem like a dream for commercial use, but it still has a number of drawbacks. For example, it is practically not protected from rain, and the sensitivity of the sensor and the brightness of the display are not as ideal as we would like. The latest development from DJI is a product with the short name DJI RC Plus. First of all, this remote control is designed for industrial drones, it is designed to greatly simplify the work with the UAV and provide reliable communication with the drone.
DJI RC Plus was introduced simultaneously with the new DJI Matrice 30 commercial platform. The new drone is more compact and has many features that the previous model does not, however, it is still not intended to completely replace the DJI M300 RTK flight platform. But now is not about that. We are more interested in the new DJI RC Plus, which can work with both the new drone and the M300 RTK.
The first thing that catches your eye is a huge built-in 7‑inch display with a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels and a high brightness of 1200 nits. For comparison, the screen of the old DJI Matrice 300 Smart Controller is 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 1080.
Previously, many users noted the lack of physical control buttons. Yes, there seems to be a handy touch screen, but in an emergency, there is no time to rummage through the interface to find the right setting. In the new remote control, there are more buttons responsible for the main functions — as many as 6 pieces. Thus, having previously practiced, you can later switch modes automatically, even without looking at the controller. There are also more customizable buttons that you can fully customize to your needs.
Do not forget that the controller has a large and extremely sensitive touch screen, where the main screen contains all the main modes and functions. This gives you the ability to control flight settings and camera modes with a single touch.
DJI RC Plus is designed to be used in bad weather. The sun does not always shine on the street, but you have to fly in any conditions. Moreover, most industrial drones can fly in rain and strong winds. But if the previous version was vulnerable to water, then the DJI RC Plus has an IP54 rating, which makes it water and dust resistant. The hot Australian climate or the harsh conditions of the Arctic are also not a hindrance to him. It can operate in the temperature range from ‑20°C to +50°C.
Just like its predecessor, the new DJI RC Plus comes with an internal and external battery. This is necessary for the so-called hot-swappable batteries. When the external battery runs out, it can be replaced with a new one, without the need to completely turn off the controller. This allows you to keep all settings and flight maps unchanged. In this mode, the remote control can work up to 6 hours without recharging.
Uninterrupted connection with the drone
With the OcuSync 3 Enterprise Advanced Image Transmission System, four antennas, and an optional DJI 4G Cellular module, you’re guaranteed smooth and stable communications even in challenging environments.
DJI Pilot 2
The new remote is sharpened for new software. DJI Pilot 2 has an improved user interface with the most convenient controls and pilot support during flight. The support lies in the fact that the user receives reasonable advice from artificial intelligence on the remote control screen with a minimum delay, which can calculate many drone operations in advance.
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