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DJI AirSense – Understand Drone Technology to Detect Airplanes and Helicopters

undeniable that DJI is among the companies that invest more in safety when it comes to drones, no other company with similar quality products invests so much in this feature in their products, this is clear with the evolution of their drones, from the GPS system to the sensors present today. in larger numbers, allowing the drone to "look" in all directions.

The recent announcement of technology AirSense, which basically consists of using receivers to detect and prevent a collision between drone and aircraft such as airplanes and helicopter, shows how the company is ahead of the pack in making its products safer as they become more popular as well. .

DJI AirSense Official Website

This article aims to shed more light on technology AirSense and its benefits, as already stated, that it receives signals from ADS-B in planes and helicopters next to DJI drones 250 grams or more from models released in 2020.

Every DJI drone over 250 grams launched from January 1, 2020 onwards will support AirSense

According to DJI, AirSense will be able to detect airplanes and helicopters miles away, far farther than the drone pilot can hear or see, offering options from which to take.

The technology is not new to DJI drones, but until then it was only present in some models for professional use (Matrice 200 series and Mavic 2 Enterprise), and now will be part of consumer models, setting a new safety standard for this. This type of product, a giant step in the evolution of this segment, is that of course forcing the entire market to adopt similar technologies, but the main competitors in consumer drones are unable to popularize their products to compete with DJI, making it much harder to follow.

In the video below, representatives of DJI and American security agencies talk about how important this system is to the drone market, and how the system works, which is conceptualized by a sensor installed in the drone capable of capturing signals from airplanes and helicopters, which come standard with ADS-B tracking systems.

DJI has also pioneered technologies such as "return to home", which makes the drone return to its take-off location, now present not only in its model, but has already become a market standard and is present in a number of models, practically all that bring integrated gps. Another technology that it has implemented and is also related to security is Geofencing, telling the drone where it can fly or not, or even what attitudes it can achieve in a given region, we talk about this technology here in the article about NFZ (No Fly Zone) ).

Geofencing is the system that creates restrictions for drones flying only in authorized areas.

As a commitment to what the company calls "Elevating Safety"in direct translation," raising safety, "she put 10 points starting with AirSense that drone makers and government officials around the world should follow in order to make drone flights safer.

Check out in detail the 10 steps suggested by DJI

The 10 points are:

  1. DJI will install ADS-B receivers on all new drones over 250g
  2. DJI will develop a new automatic warning for drone pilots flying over long distances
  3. DJI will establish a Safety Standards Group to meet regulator and consumer expectations
  4. Aircraft industry groups should develop standards for reporting drone incidents
  5. All drone manufacturers must install geofencing and remote identification.
  6. Governments must request remote identification
  7. Governments to request user-friendly knowledge test for new drone riders
  8. Governments must clearly designate sensitive areas of service restriction
  9. Local authorities should be able to respond to drone threats that are clear and serious.
  10. Governments should increase law enforcement responses against unsafe drone operations

Several of the points make the process of who wants to fly a drone more "complex", from the question of increasing the value of the final product, since a new system is theoretically more expensive, as well as the suggestion of a basic pilot test, It is a kind of certificate, in addition to the flight restriction areas, showing that DJI is a differentiated company in this respect, theoretically even playing against that several points make the popularization of this type of product difficult.

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Now as we have put it a few times, DJI is the only company that can make this kind of mass investment in the current scenario, because according to a 2018 report it has 74% of the world drone market, so it has a Investment power is much greater than other companies, both in cash and in prospecting for future business. It is natural that for the evolution of the drone market the company must be involved, since the actions it participates tend to have a much greater practical result.

We must also emphasize that DJI is a Chinese company, but has a very strong performance in the American, consumer and corporate markets, so there is much doubt about the impacts of possible actions of the US government on it, especially since it has happened. US government reports on company suspicions about sharing flight data from its customers' drones with the Chins government, which the company strongly denies.


Updated 12/1/2019 – Another very interesting technology that is also safety related was announced in November 2019 by DJI, it is a smartphone / tablet app that will show anyone drones that are flying nearby, logically since developed by DJI, and the GPS functionality associated with the use of company applications.

DJI will allow anyone to monitor their drones nearby

The very simple concept, as DJI drone control applications (DJI Go 4, DJI Fly etc) send flight data to DJI servers, the idea of ​​showing some of this information through another application, which has no relation with control of drones, but only with tool for visual information of flying drones. The company has not yet informed whether such an application will pull the information through a network powered via devices connected to the internet, or if through some control of information sent by the servers with GPS data, in this case with a better metric since part of the devices may not be connected to the internet and therefore not inform flight servers.


Below is a video from Joo Viana, who has already helped us in an article about what is required to stay within the law when it comes to piloting a drone in Brazil. Joo puts the main points of this AirSense into a very interesting video.

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