DJI’s latest drone improves agriculture automation

DJI may be best known for their consumer drones like the Phantom and Mavic lines, but the commercial opportunities are too great to ignore and DJI are going after...

DJI may be best known for their consumer drones like the Phantom and Mavic lines, but the commercial opportunities are too great to ignore and DJI are going after them with passion.

Back in 2016, DJI announced the AGRAS MG-1, their first agriculture-focused drone. In January this year, they announced the Agras T16 which was a significant refresh of the platform, based on what’s possible in 2020.

Now, less than a year on, DJI has announced the AGRAS T20, further improving what was already a great product for those in the agriculture industry.

The DJI AGRAS T20 is optimized to work in the most complicated  environments and different agricultural lands, from its easy autonomous flight planning and terrain sensing radar, to its extended flight time, high payload capacity, and off-the-grid power options.

The key features of the DJI AGRAS T20 are:

Upgraded Spraying System For Improved Accuracy And Efficiency 

The DJI AGRAS T20 can carry a maximum payload of 20kg, and the layout of the nozzles have been  optimized to achieve a 20% improvement on the uniformity of spray droplets and the effective spray  width of 7 meters.

The DJI AGRAS T20 is equipped with 8 nozzles and high-volume pumps that can spray at a rate of up to 6 L/min. A highly optimized wind field produces droplets ideal in size and consistency. 

With the new 4-channel electromagnetic flow meter design, it can monitor and control the four hoses individually, ensuring an efficient flow rate for each nozzle. 

Durable Design With Enhanced Safety Features  

The DJI AGRAS T20 is equipped with an Omnidirectional Digital Radar system, which is able to detect obstacles from all horizontal directions. It can also automatically circumvent obstacles while flying over various terrains, ensuring a high level of operational safety.

With this radar system, the AGRAS T20 can adapt to some of the most challenging environments thanks to its strong resistance to dust and water thanks to an impressive IP67 rating. The DJI AGRAS T20 can also withstand splashes when cleaning the aircraft body with water. 

In addition, the DJI AGRAS T20 enables users to set flight and operation parameters easily. With a built-in  RTK centimeter-level positioning system and RTK dongles, centimeter-level waypoint recording is enabled,  strengthening operations greatly and ensuring precision spraying. It also comes with a real-time FPV  camera and two searchlights, providing users with comprehensive live views even during low-light operations.

Improved Portability, Easy To Operate  

With a robust modular design, the DJI AGRAS T20 folds and unfolds in seconds, making it more portable than other agriculture drones. The spray tank and battery are both swappable, reducing downtime and increasing workflow significantly.

Thanks to a new programmable DJI AGRAS Smart Controller 2.0 and the DJI AGRAS app, the user interface runs smoothly and is incredibly intuitive. In addition, the smart controller comes with an ultra-bright 5.5-inch display, which remains readable even under direct sunlight. 

It also supports external battery packs and can last twice as long as other remote controllers, perfect for lengthy or heavy workloads. 

A Comprehensive Agriculture Solution  

With a comprehensive suite of DJI agriculture solutions, operating in broadacre farmlands, orchards, or  grasslands, has become a lot easier. The DJI agricultural solution packages are designed to monitor crop  health and generate variable treatment procedures.

By using the P4 Multispectral, operators can scan  target areas and generate multispectral charts that provide actionable insights into crop health and help  formulate variable spraying and seeding maps. 

Navigating through challenging terrains is now an issue of the past, thanks to the 3D Flight Route Planning solution. By using the Phantom 4 RTK, operators can scan and map target areas, making it easier to identify all aspects of the field.

In Orchard mode 3.0, 3D flight routes can be generated based on the shapes of each tree after they are identified. Afterwards, users can conduct efficient spraying with their DJI AGRAS T20. 

Price and Availability  

The DJI AGRAS T20 is available for pre-orders starting today in select countries and regions. For more details about the product, pricing and availability, visit dji.com/au/t20 or contact an authorized DJI reseller in Australia.

Operators should check local regulations to determine what certifications and approvals are required for the operation of this product in their country or region. 

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