Matrice 300 RTK Back and Front View
The next step would be the DJI Matrice 300 RTK. The DJI Matrice 300 has a 9.3 mile transmission range, 55 min flight time, 6 directional sensing capability, and IP45 water and dust protection. The Matrice 300 RTK is a durable drone ready for harsh environments and has the reliability and durability you need when on the job. What makes the M300 an even better drone is the camera payload that can come with it. That camera would be the DJI Zenmuse H20T. The H20T has 4 sensors in one camera housing. There is a laser range finder, wide angle, zoom, and thermal camera.
What is the best thermal drone camera? The best thermal drone camera will be dependent on the use case. If you are looking to do inspections or search for people, the DJI Zenmuse XT2 has the necessary configurations to meet the desired use case. The DJI Zenmuse H20T is compatible with the DJI Matrice 300 RTK. If the job requires infrared gas imaging, then a cooled thermal core is necessary. The Workswell GIS 320 thermal camera is a great option due to its compact size. However, the GIS 320 requires its own gimbal and must be custom integrated onto the drone that it is being attached to.
Can you see gases with a thermal camera? This concept is commonly referred to as Optical Gas Imaging (OGI). This process employs spectral filtering and various sensor optimizations, such as cooling the thermal sensor to detect different gas compounds’ absorptive and emissive properties. In the resulting image, escaping gases look like smoke against a contrasting background. The video can be viewed in real-time and recorded in the camera for tracking, archiving, and reporting. Once again, the Workswell GIS 320 thermal camera is an excellent option due to its compact size.
How are thermal/infrared drones used for Firefighting? Fire departments have been using handheld thermal imaging cameras for some time now. With thermal drones, crews can get a live stream of structure fires, wildfires, and forest fires from above as they can see through smoke. For wild and forest fires, seeing through the smoke to identify the edge of the fire is crucial when planning firefighting operations, not to mention identifying smoldering hot spots that can flare up. For structure fires, thermal drones can provide valuable information about roof integrity, giving ground crews valuable information about burn-through rates and fire flow paths. For more information on how fire departments are using infrared drones see our infographic on firefighting drones.
How can drones be used for roof inspections? Remote aerial sensing technology gives inspection personnel more thorough, frequent, safer, and efficient inspections. Drones equipped with infrared cameras can be used to detect irregularities in insulation and pooling water. With a zoom camera drone, inspectors can visually identify problems without having to be physically there. This means greater efficiency for the inspector while providing better data to the client.