DJI, a well-known tech giant in the world of drones, has officially ventured into the delivery and logistics market with the launch of its latest drone model, the FlyCart 30, in China. This innovative aerial delivery solution is DJI’s first-ever carrier drone and offers two distinct modes of delivery: a cargo box and a winch crane system.
DJI FlyCart 30: Features and Specifications
The FlyCart 30 is designed with a 4-axis, 8-propeller multi-rotor configuration, boasting a maximum payload capacity of 30 kg in dual battery mode and an impressive maximum range of 16 km when fully loaded. When operated with a single battery, the payload capacity can be increased to 40 kg. It’s important to note that using dual batteries is recommended, as they play a crucial role in the drone’s redundancy system. In case one battery malfunctions during a delivery operation, the other battery can take over to ensure the safe return of the aircraft.
Safety features of the FlyCart 30 include intelligent obstacle avoidance, dual radar systems, an ADS-B signal receiver, and a built-in parachute system for controlled descent in case of critical failures. In emergency situations, the drone allows operators to establish multiple safe landing points.
The drone is designed to operate in all weather conditions, boasting IP55 weather protection and resistance to wind speeds of up to 12 m/s. It can achieve a maximum flight speed of 20 m/s and remain airborne for up to 18 minutes when equipped with two self-heating batteries and a 30 kg payload.
For communication and control, the FlyCart 30 is equipped with DJI’s O3 video transmission system, which provides a strong signal up to 20 km away, enabling operations beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator. The drone has a maximum flight altitude of 6,000 meters, making it suitable for transportation needs in various altitudes and challenging mountainous regions.
In cases where transmission signals may be hindered, the drone supports DJI’s 4G cellular dongle. Notably, the FlyCart 30 introduces a unique feature – dual control, allowing pilots in two different locations to switch control authority with the push of a button. This enables them to work together effectively to address issues related to signal occlusion and improve delivery accuracy in long-distance transportation.
Dual Delivery Modes
The FlyCart 30 supports two delivery methods. The first is the container load method, utilizing standard-sized EPP containers commonly used in the returnable packaging and automotive industry. The cargo box can be quickly assembled and disassembled within three minutes to streamline material loading and unloading processes.
In scenarios where it may not be safe for the drone to land or take off, an empty crane method can be employed. This winch-based, cable drop system supports both automatic and manual control methods, with the maximum delivery cable length capped at 20 meters and a retractable speed of up to 0.8 m/s.
DJI has incorporated an intelligent anti-sway feature to enhance stability and prevent cargo swinging. In this mode, the cargo is automatically released upon contact with the ground.
Pricing and Availability
The starting price for the DJI FlyCart 30 in China is set at $17,000. The standard package includes the FlyCart 30 aircraft, DJI RC Plus remote controller, two Intelligent Flight Batteries, and a charging hub with cables. DJI has also introduced a new air transportation cloud platform, DJI Transport, to facilitate flight planning and multi-machine management.
While it’s unclear when DJI will make the FlyCart 30 available in other markets, a broader rollout is expected in the future. This marks a significant step in the evolution of drone technology for delivery and logistics, with DJI leading the way with its advanced features and dual delivery modes.