Ever since the creation and introduction of drones, they have been in hot water. Authorities believe that the poor mechanical machines can be responsible of breaching air security, causing airplane collisions. Not to mention, there haven’t been any direct reports of any drone being the cause of any aforementioned issue. However, their mass production has always seen a big NO-NO. Due to this, security officials don’t allow drone operators to fly their drones near airports and similar airspaces. But in recent news, DJI is stepping up with its AirSense to enhance the drone mechanisms. DJI is planning to build a technology that picks up on the ADS-B signals from any nearby planes or helicopters.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
The ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) will finally allow drones to detect other aircraft. According to drone enthusiasts, this is a major breakthrough for drones and their future development. The new DJI AirSense will alert drone operators about a signal from an aircraft located potentially up to miles away. Due to this, the issue of collisions can be eliminated for good.
ADS-B Deployment via AirSense
As of January 1, 2020, the date after which DJI will deploy its new aircraft detection ability, ADS-B Out will be required to fly in the majority of controlled airspace.
If you’re getting a sense of dejavu, it might be because we’ve already seen ADS-B detection on some other DJI models. The difference this time is that those were professional models, while this affects all consumer models available that weigh more than 250 grams. Regardless, it’s nice to finally see some improvements from DJI, and we hope this becomes the new standard for all drone companies.