Now this looks pretty cool.

I can see this being adopted by professional aerial phtographers in order to protect their gear. At the end of the day, many of us have up to £10k in the air which can turn to scrap in event of a power failure.

It looks like a CO2 deployment though so it will be interesting to see how much replacement cannisters cost and indeed, how much the unit itself costs.


Watch this space

So, after months and months and months of waiting, DJI have finally released the long awaited groundstation functionality for the VIsion and Vision+

Grab it from the usual place.

I just got word that DJI have released the Version 2 firmware for the Phantom 2 that brings the long awaited support for the iPad ground station.

As always, update via the assistant software which you can download from here

What’s new?

Main Controller Firmware
•Supported of iPad Ground Station and PC Ground Station functions. When using iPad Ground Station, the BTU firmware should be upgrade to V1.0.1.3 or above.
•Added Flight Limits functions, including Max Height and Max Radius limits.
•Added LED indicators warning, if non-DJI smart battery is detected, the LED flight indicators will be sulid red.
•Optimized compass calibration algorithm to increasing its resistance to interferences.
•Improved battery level detecting methods to make low battery level warning more precise.
•The maximum descending speed is limited to 3m/s.
•Fixed the bouncing problems after landed.

Central Board Firmware
•Supported of iPad Ground Station and PC Ground Station functions.
•Supported of H3-3D.

Assistant Software
•Added Flight Limits page in Phantom working mode. 

User Manual
•Added connections when using Ground Station functions.
•Added descriptions of flight limits.

•Upgrade the main contruller and central board firmware to the latest version using PHANTOM 2 Assistant Software V2.00 otherwise there will be malfunction caused by version mismatch.


DJI have finally added a 3rd axis to the Zenmuse for the GoPro. Details here:

Whether this will require an upgraded board to work with the Phantom 2 is unclear at this point. It does come with a different GCU so I'm thinking that an upgrade board requirement is likely.

The 3rd axis doesn't appear to support heading lock or free mode like the larger Z15 gimbals though. It appears to only be for removing jitters in the yaw axis rather than the ability to have the gimbal track a position.

More details as we get them

[edit] The latest firmware for the Phantom 2 supports the H3-3D according to the release notes. This is good news as it means that no board upgrade will be required.

A new multicopter for our hanger.

A DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal, additional FPV camera, iOSD mini, FPV video downlink and a FrSky X8R receiver for use with our FrSky Taranis transmitter.

Looking forward to getting this in the air.

We just need the rather shocking weather here in the UK to sort itself out.

DJI have officially announced Lightbridge.

It does pretty much what we though it did. A 2.4GHz link to provide an HD video downlink which transmitting the transmitter inputs up to the craft.



Full specifications:

Extreme Long Distance Transmission

-Less than 100mW ground unit transmission in full compliance with CE and FCC certification

-5dBi omni-directional antenna offers an enormous distance of up to 1.7 km (1.05 miles)

-Optional 14dBi patch antenna boosts transmission distance tremendously to 5km (3.1 miles)



Multiple Input And Output Connections

-AV input

-HDMI input

-DJI Zenmuse gimbal input (Digital Video/Power Supply/OSD Data)

-HDMI HD image output

-USB 2.0 image data output for iOS and Android phones and tablet synchronization



Built-in Remote Control Link

-Uplink remote control transmission and downlink video work simultaneously on 2.4GHz.

-Remote control data travels to the uplink via the TX-Thru Port at the same time that video is streamed back down all without interference.

-Support for two remote controls: one for flight control (10 Channels) and the other for gimbal control (6 Channels). Control signals are received in the air and then transmitted to the flight controller through D-BUS.

-When used with a non-2.4G radio transmitter, video only transmission operation is supported. The DJI 5.8G radio transmitter is recommended.




Strong Anti-Jamming Technology

-Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum(FHSS) + Direct Sequence Spread System(DSSS) technology is used for uplink transmission to enhance stability and offer anti-jamming capability.

-MIMO multi-antenna technology and OFDM modulation methods along with advanced algorithms are utilized for downlink transmission to enhance data bandwidth, improving dynamic performance and increasing stability even in harsh environments.

-Channel interference is constantly monitored during downlink transmission with automatic switching between 8 channels for the best possible signal.

-Up to 8 downlinks can be connected for parallel streaming and work independently without interference.



Low Latency Transmission

Maximum latency of up to 80ms


Built-in OSD (On-Screen Display) Function

-No additional equipment required for OSD functions when used with A2/WooKong-M/Naza-M V2 flight controllers. Flight parameters will be displayed onscreen.

-OSD functionality can be turned off via mobile software for HDMI and iOS/Android Output.


Must Work With DJI Multi-Rotor Flight Controllers

-DJI A2, WooKong-M and Naza-M V2 flight controllers

-Phantom 2, with DJI 5.8G radio transmitter.


Multi-device Operation Mode, Stable and Reliable

-A single air unit can transmit to multiple ground units sending video to multiple screens. (Only one of the ground units can send a control signal while additional ground units will only be able to receive a video signal)

-Encryption ensures only authorized devices can receive data which can be programmed via mobile device software.


Built-in High Capacity Battery

-Ground unit has a built in high capacity 4000mA battery offering up to 4.5hours of use per charge.

-Rechargeable through the supplied charger or via a 3S~6S Li-Po power battery.A full charge takes approximately 1.5 hours.

-LED battery level indicator

-Also functions as a USB charger for mobile devices prolonging the life of peripheral equipment.


Electromagnetic Interference Shielded Structural Design

-Aluminum alloy casing

-Extreme internal and external shielding for interference protection.