According to the Drone DJ, it looks like the global drone giant, DJI, has received FCC approval for what seems to be a Phantom 4 controller and the Phantom 4 Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) (FCC ID SS3-WM334R1801). RTK enables the drone to map out an area, building or stockpile with a very high level of accuracy (up to 5cm or 2 inches) by use of high-precision GNSS (satellite positioning). This unmanned aerial device is clearly aimed at the commercial drone market, in which the Chinese drone manufacturer is making a big push. Roughly two weeks ago, DJI Enterprise announced the Zenmuse XT2 and Skyport adapter, also aimed at the commercial drone market, during an event in Menlo Park, Calif.
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We first saw Phantom 4 RTK in December and that news was later confirmed by DJI. In an email they told us:
“DJI unveiled the Phantom 4 RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) at an event in China, though it is still a prototype and we do not yet have a timetable for when it will be available for purchase. It uses the Phantom 4 Pro 20-megapixel camera and is augmented by a high-precision GNSS (satellite positioning) module to provide much more accurate RTK-level data. This is designed for surveying and mapping applications that need centimeter-level accuracy in flight as well as post-processing. As this product comes closer to market, expect us to have more to say about its capabilities and availability.”
ARE THE TWO FCC APPROVALS CONNECTED?
It seems to make sense that they would be. Both FCC approvals have a short 45-day secrecy cycle, indicating that DJI will bring both products to the US market sometime before the end of May.
DJI has received two FCC approvals (version number GL300K1801 and GL300L1801) for what seem to be controllers for the two different Phantom 4 series, the Phantom 4 RTK and the Phantom 4 Pro v2.0. Continue reading about the DJI receiving the FCC’s approval.