The M210 RTK, seen here with the Zenmuse Z30 and the XT thermal camera. Note the two D-RTK sensors sprouting out on the top

For us, one of the highlights of the AUVSI Xponential show was finally getting a chance to see the new Matrice series of drones.

The three new models caused quite a stir when they were released; DJI was staking a clear claim in the world of industrial/enterprise drones. The new units had features like Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation, for centimetre-precise positioning of the M210RTK in space.

There were other unique features: You can mount cameras or other sensors on top of these drones for inspections where it’s important to look up instead of down. All that, plus these drones are apparently quite competitively priced in a market where it’s not uncommon for machines to range from $50,000 and up.

There’s more, of course, and TDC has covered the topic extensively. We wrote at length about the new machines when they were unveiled at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, and then again with a look at why the line is so significant for the company.

But all of this had been from a distance.

Finally, at the Xponential show, we had a chance to see the machines in person. DJI’s Michael Oldenburg walked us through the key features. (Our on-board microphone, unfortunately, was not as reliable that day as the Matrice series appears to be.)

They appear to be very well thought-out and robust devices, with attention paid to preventing water and dust from getting into the machines on industrial sites.

Also, though the official prices are available only on a quotation basis, we can tell you these machines are very competitively priced.

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