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All About the DJI Dock 2 - DIY Drones

Amidst the continuous evolution of uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) technology, DJI has once again raised the bar by introducing DJI Dock  2, which is on its way to release worldwide, on 26th March 2024. To know more about Dock 2, feel free to contact us.

The previous version of DJI Dock has proven its effectiveness across various industries. In Alaska, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DoT&FR) deployed the docking station to enhance safety measures during avalanche and geohazard incidents. Thanks to its resilient design and rapid charging capabilities, the dock facilitated continuous drone operations, particularly crucial for Drone as First Responder (DFR) missions.

Meanwhile, in Bisamberg, Austria, it played an important role in inspecting a major substation, ensuring the integrity and security of essential energy infrastructure. By enabling regular inspections and maintenance checks, it provided the Austrian Power Grid’s (APG) team with real-time updates on the substation's condition. This approach significantly minimized downtime by detecting faults early on, thereby helping improve the reliability of the electricity supply throughout Austria.

The DJI Dock 2, along with the DJI Matrice 3D and 3DT drones, is expected to reshape the approaches of industries engaged in surveying, inspections, and public safety in their remote, uncrewed operations.

Curious about what DJI Dock 2 has to offer? Explore this buyer's guide to get all the information you need. Discover its features, compatibility, and important factors to help you make an informed decision. ‍

Which features set DJI Dock 2 apart from its predecessor?

The DJI Dock 2 distinguishes itself from DJI Dock, through several impactful enhancements. 

Two people are going to lift DJI dock 2

1. Weight and Design: 

DJI Dock 2 boasts a 75% reduction in volume and a 68% reduction in weight compared to its predecessor. Weighing only 34kgs, this version facilitates easier, quicker, and more cost-effective deployment of autonomous drone fleets.

2. Durability and Weather Resistance:

Dock 2 retains the durability of its predecessor with an IP55 rating, being resilient against harsh weather conditions, dust, and water.

3. Coverage and Efficiency: 

The DJI Matrice 3DT and Matrice 3D drones have a maximum flight time of 50 minutes and a maximum operational range of 10km when used with the DJI Dock 2, surpassing the capabilities of DJI Dock which offers a maximum flight time of 40 minutes and a maximum operational range of 7km.

4. RTK Modules:

The integrated dual RTK modules on the DJI Dock 2, coupled with internal and external fisheye cameras, provide real-time environmental feedback. This enables real-time blade detection, safety checks, and takeoff in just 45 seconds, given that there is a robust network signal.

5. Charging Capabilities:

Dock 1 charges drones from 10% to 90% in around 25 minutes at 24V output, while Dock 2 achieves this from 20% to 90% in roughly 32 minutes at 12V. Both docks offer over 5 hours of independent charge for safe Return-to-Home (RTH) functionality.

6. Improved Landing & Power Supply: 

DJI Dock 2 enhances landing stability and reliability through an improved image recognition system and a sloped design that guides the drone for precise positioning within the dock. For added security, it comes with a built-in backup battery that provides over 5 hours of operation in case of power loss or remote locations. Additionally, DJI Dock 2 only requires biannual maintenance, minimizing downtime and costs.

7. Third-party Payload Support: 

DJI Dock 2 offers increased versatility by supporting third-party payloads through M3D/M3DT E-Port. This allows for mounting payloads like spotlights, speakers, and parachutes, expanding the drone's capabilities and ensuring safety.

Two mechanic setting up the Dock 2
DJI Dock 2 setup

Here’s a comparative study of the specifications of the DJI Dock 1 and Dock 2

 DJI Dock 2DJI Dock 1
Weight34 kg105 kg
SizeDock opened: 1228 x 583 x 412mm
Dock closed: 570 x 583 x 465mm
Dock opened: 1675 x 885 x 735mm
Dock closed: 800 x 885 x 1065mm
Input Voltage100 ~ 240 V, 50/60 Hz100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Input PowerMax. 1000 WMax. 1500 W
Temperature-25°C ~ 45°C-35°C ~ 50°C
IP RatingIP55IP55
Max Take-off Altitude2500 m4000 m
Max Operation Radius10 km7 km
Compatible DronesDJI Matrice 3D
DJI Matrice 3DT
DJI M30 (Dock version)
DJI M30T (Dock version)
Charge32 min (20% - 90%)25 min (10% - 90%)
Battery Cycles400400
Backup BatteryMore than 5 hoursMore than 5 hours
DevelopmentCloud API + edge computingCloud API + edge computing

Dock 2 and its seamless operations with compatible drones

The DJI Dock 1 was designed for use with the DJI Matrice 30 and 30T drones. The key features of these drones include a 41-minute flight time, 12 m/s wind resistance, and compatibility with various third-party payloads.

However, DJI Dock 2 is designed to work seamlessly with the new DJI Matrice 3D and Matrice 3DT drones. 

The new DJI drone named Matrice 3D and 3DT
The new DJI drones Matrice 3D and 3DT

The Matrice 3D

  • Best suited for applications such as surveying and mapping
  • Equipped with a telephoto zoom camera and a wide camera with a special shutter

The Matrice 3DT 

  • Specifically designed for tasks like public safety, surveys, and inspections 
  • Features wide-angle, telephoto zoom, and thermal cameras, simultaneously capturing regular and heat-sensitive video.

Both drones share impressive features like an IP54 protection level, up to 50 minutes of flight time, a maximum speed of 47 mph, and a strong battery life that can handle 400 cycles, significantly reducing operational costs. Additionally, they have an RTK module, enabling them to land with remarkable accuracy when used with the DJI Dock 2.

Use cases and applications of DJI Dock 2

Multiple case studies have proven that the DJI Dock 1 can help transform applications like security and inspections where close monitoring and surveillance are required.

Interestingly, along with the previously mentioned use cases of Dock 1, due to the wide-angle, telephoto zoom, and thermal cameras of Matrice 3D/3DT, the DJI Dock 2 can now also be used for advanced mapping and surveying.

DJI dock 2 deployed for the inspection
DJI Dock 2 use case

Let's explore the applications of Dock 2 in detail:

  • Surveying and Mapping: Matrice 3D's high-precision cameras and the DJI Dock 2's autonomous deployment capabilities make it ideal for surveying and mapping large areas, construction sites, or infrastructure projects.

  • Security and Inspections: The Matrice 3DT's thermal camera and long flight time are well-suited for security patrols, perimeter monitoring, and inspecting critical infrastructure like pipelines or wind turbines.

  • Emergency Response: The DJI Dock 2's quick deployment and the drones' ability to operate in various weather conditions make them valuable tools for search and rescue operations, fire response, and disaster assessment. 

  • Public Safety: The Matrice 3DT's thermal and zoom capabilities can assist law enforcement in search operations, crowd monitoring, and crime scene investigation.

DJI Dock 2 integration with FlytBase Software Platform

compatible software for dock 2

The DJI Dock 2, powered by FlytBase, will offer a comprehensive solution for remote drone operations. FlytBase is an enterprise-grade drone autonomy software platform that enables efficient autonomous drone operations, allowing missions to be planned and scheduled in advance and executed with minimal human intervention. FlytBase integration with DJI Dock 2 will offer customizable and scalable features suitable for various use cases, including inspections, surveillance, surveying, and security.

By incorporating a variety of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) components – such as parachutes, detect-and-avoid systems, uncrewed traffic management, and weather systems – FlytBase ensures that drone operations are reliable and secure.

Leveraging FlytBase, customers and partners have successfully obtained BVLOS certifications from top aviation authorities in 10 countries, including the FAA in the United States, EASA in Europe, CASA in Australia, SACAA in South Africa, JCAB in Japan, and CAAM in Malaysia. The platform also goes beyond basic mission planning by offering advanced features like dynamic route planning and customized flight workflows, all designed to align with regulatory standards.

In addition, FlytBase prioritizes data security by adhering to leading data protection standards. The platform is ISO 27001, SOC2 Type II certified, and GDPR compliant. To know more about the integration of FlytBase with the DJI Dock 2, feel free to contact us.


In conclusion, the DJI Dock 2 marks a significant advancement over its predecessor, DJI Dock 1 in the drone autonomy industry. Offering improved features and performance at an affordable price, DJI Dock 2 leads the way in remote flight operations, setting new standards for efficiency and reliability in autonomous aerial operations and making it a must-have for industries embracing drone technology advancements.

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In the rapidly advancing field of autonomous drone technology, the significance of mission planning and scheduling cannot be overstated. These elements are integral to the effective deployment and operation of drones across various sectors, including agriculture, emergency response, and asset management. Efficient mission planning and scheduling are essential for optimizing the capabilities of drones, thereby maximizing return on investment for enterprises.

FlytBase is a leading company in this sector, committed to addressing the unique challenges faced by enterprises in mission planning and scheduling. With its latest updates—Dynamic Mission Scheduling and Improved Mission Planning—FlytBase aims to offer unparalleled control, flexibility, and efficiency in drone operations. These innovations are designed to transform how enterprises plan and execute drone missions, whether for security surveillance, asset inspection, or other specialized applications.

Dynamic Mission Scheduling: A Game-Changer

The Old vs. The New

Previously, mission scheduling for autonomous drones operated on 15-minute intervals. This limitation often resulted in inefficiencies, such as increased idle time for drones and delayed responsiveness to dynamic situations.

With the latest update from FlytBase, this has been refined to flexible 5-minute scheduling slots. This significant reduction in time intervals allows for more agile mission planning, enabling drones to adapt swiftly to changing conditions or new tasks. The transition from 15-minute to 5-minute intervals represents a substantial advancement, enhancing the ability to conduct timely and consistent surveillance or asset inspections.

Benefits for Enterprises

The introduction of flexible 5-minute scheduling slots brings forth several advantages that are crucial for optimizing drone operations.

  1.  Faster Responsiveness to Dynamic Situation: One of the most significant benefits is the ability for quicker adaptation to changing conditions. Whether it's an unexpected security breach or a sudden need for asset inspection, the reduced time intervals allow for immediate action, minimizing delays and enhancing operational effectiveness.

  2. Enhanced Efficiency and Reduced Idle Time for Drones: Another advantage is the drastic reduction in drone idle time. By allowing for scheduling at 5-minute intervals, drones can be deployed more frequently, thereby maximizing their utility. This leads to improved overall mission efficiency and quicker task completion, which is vital for any operation requiring precision and timeliness.

Real-world Applications

The advancements in Dynamic Mission Scheduling are not just theoretical improvements; they have practical implications that can be readily observed in various operational contexts.

Security Patrols

The flexible 5-minute scheduling slots are particularly beneficial for security patrols. In environments where security is a constant concern, the ability to deploy drones at shorter intervals ensures more frequent surveillance. This leads to a more robust security posture, as drones can be quickly dispatched to investigate any unusual activity, thereby enhancing situational awareness and response times.

Regular Asset Inspections

For industries that require regular inspections of assets—be it infrastructure, machinery, or natural resources—the new scheduling flexibility is invaluable. The reduced time intervals allow for more thorough and regular inspections, ensuring that any changes or anomalies are detected promptly. This is crucial for preventive maintenance and timely interventions, which can mitigate risks and prevent costly downtimes.

Improved Mission Planning: Customization at its Best

FlytBase's latest updates go beyond scheduling; they extend into the realm of mission planning, offering a range of features designed to provide maximum customization and control.

User-Friendly Interface

The first thing users will notice is the revamped User Interface (UI). This transformation not only modernizes the look but also incorporates intuitive design elements, making navigation and interaction smoother than ever before.

Custom WPML Flow

For those who require mission adjustments, the new WPML flow allows for easy import and modification of WPML files. This feature provides an added layer of flexibility for mission customization.

Altitude Precision

When it comes to altitude settings, users now have the option to choose between "Above Sea Level (ASL)" and "Above Ground Level (AGL)" modes. This ensures greater accuracy and precision in mission planning.

Takeoff Altitudes

The update also offers flexibility in takeoff strategies. Users can choose between "Launch" or "Safe Take-off" modes, allowing for a more tailored start to each mission.

Advanced Waypoint Types

The new features include advanced waypoint types, enabling users to define drone navigation through modes like linear paths, transit before waypoints, curved paths, or controlled radii.

Yaw Control

For enhanced control over drone heading, options such as "Along Route," "Lock Yaw Axis," or "Manual" modes are now available.

Payload Configuration

The update allows for seamless payload configuration, offering options like Zoom, Wide, or IR mode, either at the route level or specific waypoint level.

New Mission Finish Actions

Previously limited to "Return to docking station," users can now choose from "Exit mission and hover" and "Go to the first waypoint and hover," providing added flexibility in concluding missions.

Grid Mission Optimization

For grid missions, the update allows for image capture intervals as brief as 1 second, effectively doubling efficiency compared to the previous 3-second minimum.

Excited and Want to Know More?

If the features and benefits of FlytBase's latest updates in Dynamic Mission Scheduling and Improved Mission Planning have piqued your interest, there are several ways to delve deeper into these advancements.

How to Access Comprehensive Guides and User Manuals

For those looking for a more in-depth understanding, comprehensive guides and user manuals are available. These resources provide detailed explanations, step-by-step instructions, and best practices to help you make the most out of these new features.

Information on Previous Updates and How to Stay Updated

If you're interested in the evolutionary journey of FlytBase's offerings, information on previous updates is readily accessible. To stay abreast of future updates and enhancements, consider subscribing to newsletters or following FlytBase on social media platforms.


FlytBase's latest updates in Dynamic Mission Scheduling and Improved Mission Planning are more than just incremental changes; they represent a transformative approach to how missions are planned and executed. With features designed for flexibility, efficiency, and customization, FlytBase is setting new standards in the field of autonomous drone operations. Whether it's adapting to dynamic situations, optimizing drone utility, or tailoring missions to specific needs, these updates are designed to empower users to achieve their operational objectives more effectively.

If you have any questions or require further clarification on any of these groundbreaking features, don't hesitate to reach out for support. Contact for all your queries, and take the first step towards optimizing your drone operations today.

Additional Resources

For those interested in diving deeper into the functionalities and features offered by FlytBase, the following resources are invaluable:

FlytBase User Manual

For a comprehensive understanding of all features, including the latest updates, refer to the FlytBase User Manual.

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In the modern drone ecosystem, BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) operations represent the next frontier of possibilities. These operations allow drones to travel distances beyond the operator's direct vision, unlocking potential in industries like agriculture, logistics, surveillance, and more. However, automating BVLOS operations requires not just advanced drones but also sophisticated management platforms. This is where FlytBase and DJI's FlightHub 2 come into play, especially with their compatibility with the DJI dock.

The DJI dock integration is a game-changer, enabling automated drone charging, data transfer, and mission planning. With both FlytBase and FlightHub 2 offering compatibility with this dock, enterprises are presented with a pivotal decision: Which platform will best optimize their BVLOS operations?

This article aims to demystify this choice. We'll delve deep into both platforms, comparing their features, and drawing insights from genuine user feedback, all with a focus on maximizing the benefits of DJI dock integration.

FlytBase: Product Overview

FlytBase emerged as a leading enterprise drone autonomy software, tailored to automate and optimize drone operations. Its compatibility with the DJI dock underscores its commitment to facilitating seamless BVLOS operations.


FlytBase: Key Features

  1. BVLOS-Ready Operations: With regulatory approvals in its arsenal, FlytBase ensures enterprises can confidently undertake extended drone operations.
  2. Open Integration: A flexible platform, FlytBase supports robust API and third-party app integrations, catering to diverse enterprise needs.
  3. Data Security: GDPR compliance and ISO 27001 certification ensure that data integrity and security are paramount.
  4. Operational Excellence: From live HD/thermal feeds to ERP and VMS integrations, FlytBase offers a comprehensive suite for varied enterprise needs.
  5. DJI Dock Compatibility: Seamless integration with DJI dock facilitates automated charging, data transfer, and mission planning, enhancing operational efficiency.



FlytBase: User Review


FlytBase: Pricing Plans

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FlightHub 2: Product Overview

DJI's FlightHub 2 is not just another drone management solution. It's a comprehensive cloud-based platform designed to provide real-time insights for drone missions. Its compatibility with the DJI dock makes it a formidable choice for enterprises aiming for streamlined BVLOS operations.


FlightHub 2: Key Features

  1. Real-time Situational Awareness: Features like 2.5D Base Map and One-Tap Panorama Sync ensure enterprises always have a bird's-eye view of their operations.
  2. Cloud Power: With Cloud Mapping and Unified Management, FlightHub 2 leverages the cloud's prowess for enhanced operational insights.
  3. Data Security: Hosted on AWS and compliant with ISO/IEC 27001, FlightHub 2 ensures data remains protected and secure.
  4. Operational Suite: From Mission Live Streaming to Ground-to-Cloud Synergy, FlightHub 2 offers a range of features to optimize drone operations.
  5. DJI Dock Integration: FlightHub 2's seamless integration with DJI dock ensures automated drone operations, from charging to mission execution, are a breeze.


Flighthub 2: Pricing Plans


FlytBase vs FlightHub 2: Key Differentiators

Let's delve into the primary areas where FlytBase and FlightHub 2 diverge.

  1. BVLOS Operations and Integration:

    • FlytBase: Puts a strong emphasis on its BVLOS-ready capabilities, highlighting its regulatory approvals. Its open platform approach with APIs and third-party app integration capabilities makes it stand out for enterprises looking for flexibility.
    • FlightHub 2: While it also supports BVLOS operations, its strength lies in providing comprehensive real-time situational awareness. The platform doesn't emphasize third-party integrations as much but offers a rich set of built-in features.
  2. User Experience and Interface:

    • FlytBase: Offers a streamlined interface tailored for ease of use, making it intuitive for users to navigate and manage drone operations.
    • FlightHub 2: Provides a more detailed dashboard, focusing on in-depth insights and comprehensive drone mission management. This might come across as more complex for some users, especially those new to drone operations.
  3. Data Security and Compliance:

    • FlytBase: Prioritizes data security with multiple layers of protection, including GDPR compliance and ISO 27001 certification, ensuring data integrity and security.
    • FlightHub 2: While it also emphasizes data security, its hosting on Amazon Web Services with ISO/IEC 27001 security certifications is its unique selling point.
  4. Operational Features and DJI Dock Compatibility:

    • FlytBase: Apart from its core features like live HD/thermal drone feeds, its compatibility with DJI dock ensures seamless integration for automated BVLOS operations.
    • FlightHub 2: While it also integrates seamlessly with DJI dock, it offers additional features like 2.5D Base Map and Cloud Mapping, enhancing the operational experience.

By understanding these key differentiators, enterprises can make an informed decision based on their specific needs and operational priorities.

Conclusion - FlytBase vs FlightHub 2

Every decision in the realm of drone operations should be rooted in your enterprise's specific requirements and objectives. It's crucial to align your choice with your operational needs and future goals.

FlytBase distinctly shines with its BVLOS-ready capabilities and its open integration approach. Its emphasis on regulatory approvals and flexibility in third-party integrations makes it a top choice for enterprises that value adaptability and a hands-on approach to drone operations. Moreover, its robust data security measures ensure that enterprises can operate with peace of mind.

FlightHub 2, on the other hand, excels in providing real-time situational awareness and a comprehensive suite of built-in features. It's tailored for those who prioritize in-depth insights and a holistic view of their drone missions.

While both platforms offer commendable features and DJI dock compatibility, FlytBase might have a slight edge for those who prioritize flexibility and BVLOS operations. However, if you're looking to explore further, there might be other platforms in the market that cater to niche drone operational needs.

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As the world's primary fuel sources, oil and natural gas are major industries in the energy industry and have a significant impact on the global economy. Demand for petroleum and petroleum products has only increased in the recent past due to global economic and population growth, as well as continual urbanization and industrialization.

The United States itself has more than 190,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines and over 2.4 million miles of natural gas pipelines. Pipeline transportation is safer, more efficient, and emits fewer GHGs than shipping by ship, truck, or rail.

The Current Challenges with Pipeline Inspections:

Pipelines are vital infrastructure for the transmission of oil and natural gas, connecting producing areas to refineries, chemical plants, home customers, and commercial demands. However, oil and natural gas are combustible and explosive substances that are typically delivered via high-temperature, high-pressure pipeline networks. Hereby, it is critical to monitor these pipelines to ensure that they are operating effectively.

However, traditional pipeline inspection methods have some issues, such as:

Use of crewed aircraft

Currently, the majority of energy companies use helicopters to monitor encroachment in potential pipeline Right-Of-Ways (ROW). Each expedition costs an average of $150,000, making more regular inspections than every six months almost impractical.

Foot Patrols

Once the aircraft confirms an encroachment, foot patrols, typically consisting of two personnel, are dispatched to these remote locations. Such manual site inspections take approximately 8 hours and cost approximately $500 merely to have a closer look and validate the threat.

conducting pipeline monitoring for oil and gas companies with manual methods
conducting pipeline monitoring for oil and gas companies with manual methods

Inability to send crew at all times

Pipelines can be hundreds of kilometers long and can be spread over vast remote locations. Sending operators to such locations can put human life at risk. Hereby, it becomes quite difficult to send inspection teams to cover such areas at all times. 

Time-consuming method

Traveling from one asset to another is frequently difficult. Operators may need to drive lengthy miles along gravel or dirt roads to visit several inspection sites. The distance and hard terrain may need a significant amount of time.

Drone program can help in conducting inspection for oil and gas companies without human intervention

How can Drones with BVLOS Capabilities Help Oil and Gas Companies Secure Pipelines 

Ease of travel between assets

Drone program can help in conducting inspection for oil and gas companies without human intervention
Drone program can help in conducting inspection for oil and gas companies without human intervention

Traveling between assets during inspection operations might become challenging because these pipes can span thousands of meters. The team may be required to travel long distances and to distant regions where there is no adequate road infrastructure.

Operators must travel to the sites, assess the asset, review their data, and then drive to another asset. Furthermore, they must repeat the entire process until all assets have been inspected. This can take a significant amount of time which can be costly for an industry like oil and gas.

However, drones can travel vast distances and reach difficult-to-access locations. Additionally, using drone-in-a-box systems, eliminate the need for continual re-launching, packing, and landing of drones which is majorly faced in manual-led VLOS operations.

Increase worker safety

Oftentimes, assets are located on high terrains or difficult-to-reach locations. Operators may need to set up substantial scaffolding or dangle from ropes to inspect this equipment. Any mistake here can result in severe consequences. Despite the industry's strict regulations and safety standards, health and safety concerns persist. A BVLOS operation eliminates the operator's danger by allowing them to undertake the flight mission from any remote location.

Simplify early detection of pipeline leaks

Example of leak in the gas pipeline is affecting the surrounding environment
Example of leak in the gas pipeline is affecting the surrounding environment

Drones are increasingly being used in the oil and gas industry for early detection of pipeline leaks. By using advanced drone technology including thermal cameras and visual or infrared cameras, these drones help the operators to identify gas leaks in storage tanks and pipelines with greater accuracy and efficiency than traditional methods.

These drones can easily access hard-to-reach areas and capture high-quality photos and videos of the pipelines and storage tanks. These data can be helpful to conduct image analytics for accurate and early detection of potential leaks or damage.

This allows operators to respond quickly and effectively to potential pipeline failure, minimizing the impact on the environment and reducing the risk of accidents. The use of drones also reduces the potential for human error, as operators can monitor the pipelines remotely, without the need for physical inspections.

Reduce heavy costs

Hiring a pilot and a helicopter, for example, can cost thousands of dollars. Regular inspections may become prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. Autonomous drone missions can minimize such costs while also minimizing human dependency.

Utilize readymade data and analytics via automated procedures

A human-led operation requires the operator to drive to the location and visually inspect the asset. Via autonomous operations, drone operators can run pre-planned drone flights and augment the inspection process. The drone will follow its routine, capture and store data which can be further assessed for detailed inspection as per need.

This enables the operator to quantify their assessment with turnkey data and analytics delivered via automated workflows. This simplifies the entire process and backs it up with data, which greatly aids decision-making. 

Ability to scale operations

While examining pipelines spanning thousands of kilometers, it becomes nearly impossible to conduct manual operations consistently. However, autonomous drones can be scaled up and deployed readily to fit the business's needs as they can be programmed to conduct the desired tasks. 

How FlytNow is Enabling BVLOS Operations

BVLOS operations in pipeline inspection
BVLOS operations in pipeline inspection

FlytNow is a cloud-based solution that enables the deployment and management of drones in just a few clicks, allowing you to manage your drone operations via a single web-based dashboard for a seamless experience. It helps you lower travel costs, reduce operation rounds, and increase productivity by saving travel time. It is integrated with ready-to-use intelligent modules, like collision avoidance, and precision landing, and integration with drone-in-a-box systems, which further helps you shorten your time to market.

The FlytNow software solution enables project managers to schedule pre-planned or on-demand flights from a command center located miles away from the base station. The drone takes off from the drone nest autonomously, flies its mission, captures real-time videos and images, and uploads them to the cloud.

Store images and videos on cloud and Identify leaks on pipelines with FlytNow's solution
Store images and videos on cloud and Identify leaks on pipelines with FlytNow's solution

Following the flight, the drone returns to the docking station for battery swapping and storage. These stations can charge up to four batteries simultaneously and swap out the existing battery in less than 90 seconds, ensuring minimal downtime. Furthermore, because it is lightweight, it can easily fit on the back of a pickup truck and be moved from one location to another if necessary.

3rd party integrations in FlytNow, such as Casia G system by Iris Automation for detection and avoidance of cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft, Altitude Angel for airspace awareness, and others, assist to increase capabilities for greater insights and seamless BVLOS operations.

Leveraging Nested Drone Systems (NDS)

How nested drone system helping in pipeline inspection
How nested drone system helping in pipeline inspection

The Nested Drone Systems (NDS) can significantly improve the data collection process and transform how pipelines are inspected. It lets the drone operator conduct long-duration flights without the need to return the drone to the command center to recharge or swap the battery. With the nested drone system, energy companies would be able to quickly scale up, undergo a digital transformation, run safely, and boost productivity.

Nitin Gupta, Founder & CEO of FlytBase, Inc. concludes by stating that “Nested Drone Solutions are rapidly revolutionizing the way repeatable, high-frequency missions are conducted across use-cases. Maintenance of pipelines, spread over thousands of miles, is a great application of this technology with a significant ROI for the end-user.


1) How can drones improve the safety of inspections on oil and gas pipelines?

Drones can play a vital role in improving the safety of inspections in the oil and gas industry. With their ability to fly closer to the ground, drones can provide high-resolution aerial data through the use of visual or infrared cameras. This allows for more precise and thorough inspections of pipelines, particularly in hard-to-reach areas. 

By using drones, workers can avoid the potential dangers of inspecting pipelines on foot, such as exposure to crude oil leaks. Additionally, the use of drones allows for earlier detection of leaks, which can prevent potential disasters and safeguard the environment.

2) What are the benefits of using drones for pipeline inspections?

Drones provide several benefits for pipeline inspections, including accuracy and improved technologies. Using drones to detect leaks and identify potential issues can save costs and equipment compared to traditional inspection methods. Drones can also access dangerous terrain and provide quick emergency response. 

In addition, using drones for regular inspection can improve worker safety by avoiding the need for workers to enter hazardous areas. Visual or infrared cameras on drones can monitor pipelines and identify potential issues, whether it be for gas or oil pipelines. With better data and improved maintenance, major accidents can be avoided through the use of drones for pipeline inspections.

3) How can FlytNow help in pipeline inspection using drone-in-a-box systems?

Using FlytNow-powered drones for pipeline inspection, operators can now easily detect any leaks in the pipeline with greater accuracy and efficiency than traditional methods. It allows the team to access difficult-to-reach areas and avoid putting any human in potential danger.

Furthermore, operators can get a real-time video stream of the assets, and also capture high-quality photos and videos of the pipelines and storage tanks. This significantly helps in conducting accurate inspections and detecting potential leaks or damage.

4) What can we expect in upcoming technologies in oil and gas pipeline inspection?

New technologies will include autonomous drones that are packed with a cost-effective platform that will help in inspecting pipelines, provide insight for maintenance activities, and identify human errors. Moreover, they will be equipped with a visual or infrared camera that can detect leaks or damage on its own and inform the team immediately.

5) What are some of the best drones for pipeline inspections in the oil and gas industry?

There are several drones that are well-suited for use in pipeline inspections in the oil and gas industry. Some options include:

  1. DJI Phantom 4 RTK: This drone has a high-resolution camera and RTK GPS for precise mapping and surveying capabilities.
  2. DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual: This drone has a compact design and can fly in challenging weather conditions. It also has a dual thermal and visible light camera for identifying issues in pipelines.
  3. senseFly eBee X: This drone has a long flight time and can fly in autonomous missions to cover large areas quickly. It also has a high-resolution camera for detailed inspection.
  4. Parrot Anafi USA: This drone has a 4K HDR camera and is capable of flying in challenging environments. It is also lightweight and easy to transport.
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Drone-on-demand refers to a service that provides a drone solution for a specified time or perpetually to accomplish certain business objectives. Such services exist because we have reached a point where there is reliable, off-the-shelf hardware and software available to create enterprise-grade drone solutions.

Enterprises who avail such services see business value in the easy availability of aerial data at a reasonable price, which was not possible a few years ago. Apart from aerial intelligence, drone-based delivery is another segment that has seen a jump in demand in recent times.

Companies that operate drones have to abide by regulatory requirements, which include airspace norms that ensure security, safety, and privacy. While there remain challenges around technology (e.g. battery life, fail-safes), this commercial drone segment is quite lucrative; according to the market research firm, Markets-and-Markets, the drone services market is estimated to reach 63.6 billion dollars by 2025 at a CAGR of 55.9% from 2019 to 2020.

Use Cases for a Drone-on-Demand Service Provider

While these services are relatively new, and people are still discovering new ways to use them, there are immediate use cases where such services are yielding tremendous commercial benefits. Some of them are listed below.

Roof Inspection of private and commercial estates: Roof inspection is a popular application of drones because aerial inspections can do the job quickly, versus manual ones, at a lower cost. Drones also bring in a level of data sophistication in the entire inspection process. With technologies like thermal and 3D imaging, a drone combined with intelligent software can automatically detect things like water damage, insulation issues, structural damages, etc.

While a property owner/caretaker may not wish to own drones and find skilled pilots to operate them, services provided by drone-on-demand companies can be a practical and economical solution.

Aerial inspection of construction sites: Inspections are common at a construction site. But with a drone, a pilot can inspect the outer facades of such structures without the need of manpower and heavy equipment. Since operations like this require skilled pilots, specialized drones, and sophisticated software, a drone-on-demand service, customized for construction applications, can make a lot of business sense.

drone on demand for construction

Emergency Response: There are several drone solution providers that are specialized in emergency response projects. For example, a US-based company called Phirst Technologies, LLC has developed a drone-based first responder system called First iZ, using FlytBase’s technology, that integrates with the CAD (computer-aided dispatch) system which powers the 911 emergency services in Tyler, Texas, USA. This system allows emergency operators to dispatch drones from a unified dashboard to gather information on an emergency situation and pass on the information to human responders who can arrive later, better informed, and prepared.

Public Safety: Drones are extensively used in operations like search and rescue, crowd control, disaster assessment, etc. In an event, Airworks 2019, DJI had announced that drones saved the lives of 279 people. There are service providers who specialize in public safety operations.

drone on demand for public safety

Industrial inspection: Drones are an important tool in the energy and utility sectors. Drones are used for inspecting refineries and gas pipelines to detect damages such as corrosion and cracks. They are also flown over wind turbines to inspect the blades. Such activities require a fair amount of specialization in aerial navigation, which is why there are sector-focused service providers for such drone applications.

Live Video Streaming From Drones

Security and surveillance: There are numerous companies that provide turnkey, drone-based security solutions for some of the following use-cases:

  • Event surveillance
  • Crown monitoring
  • Intrusion detection
  • Border security

drone security operations

Drone delivery: The concept of using drones for last-mile delivery has been around for almost a decade. Since the technology involved is challenging, service providers in this space are highly specialized and tend to focus on a specific kind of package deliveries. For example, Zipline is a company that provides an autonomous drone solution for medical deliveries.

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Note: Download our comprehensive guide on how to set up a drone delivery operation using Flytnow.

How FlytNow Business/Enterprise Enables a Drone-on-Demand Service

A drone-on-demand service provider brings the hardware and software together to deliver a turnkey solution for a particular use case. FlyBase, an enterprise drone automation software company, offers FlytNow to such companies. FlytNow is a cloud-based video-streaming and fleet management solution that also provides edge-level intelligence to conduct a variety of drone operations.

How FlytNow works?

FlytNow is a cloud-based application that has a dashboard, which can be accessed from a web browser. A user can connect a drone with FlytNow either using our FlytOS mobile app or the SBC cloud connect software kit. Below is an illustration that explains the setup.

drone software

Note: we have the enterprise version that supports the integration of ground-based hardware as well.

There are two versions of FlytNow that are suitable for drone solution providers: Business and Enterprise.

FlytNow Business

The Business version is an out-of-the-box solution, with the following features:

Live video streaming from the drone to the FlytNow dashboard: Video can be streamed from multiple drones on a single screen with the ability to share them with anyone via an email. This feature is useful for commercial providers who offer services related to:

  • Remote roof inspection.
  • Construction site inspection (read our case study).
  • Surveillance.
  • Delivery.
  • Emergency and public safety.
  • Industrial inspections.

With FlytNow, a drone operator can fly a drone over a roof/construction site/inspection site and live-stream the video to stakeholders sitting hundreds of miles away. Similarly, during an emergency response or a delivery operation, live streaming can be used to gather situational information.

drone software for on demand services

Video archiving: FlytNow supports the integration with an Amazon S3 instance, which is used to store incoming video feeds. The videos are automatically stored, and the feature is useful in:

  • Surveillance.
  • All forms of inspection.
  • Emergency and public safety.

All archived videos can be accessed from the FlytNow dashboard with time and date stamps.

flytnow for drones

Thermal Camera Support: FlytNow supports streaming from a thermal camera. The feature is useful in:

  • Detecting water damage during a roof inspection.
  • Spotting structural damages during a construction site inspection.
  • Spotting leakages during refinery or pipeline inspections.
  • Intruder detection during night time.
  • Identify trapped/lost victims during search and rescue operations.

Learn how FlytNow can enhance night time surveillance.

drones for search and rescue

Map annotation: FlytNow dashboard has a built-in map that shows the real-time location of drones that are online. The map also supports adding a description in way-points. The feature can be used to record information during.

  • An inspection of a roof/building.
  • Pipeline/refinery/wind-turbine inspections, to record useful findings.
  • Surveillance.
  • Record situational information during an emergency mission.

Mission Planner: It is an advanced feature that allows an operator to define a route from point A to point B with waypoints for a drone to follow. This feature can be useful in:

  • Surveillance operations, where a drone can be made to go on a patrol on a predefined path.
  • Public safety and emergency operations, where a drone can be programmed to go to a location and monitor the situation.
  • Industrial inspections, where a drone can complete a pipeline inspection autonomously over a predefined path.
  • Defining a delivery route for drone delivery.

Support for custom drones: FlytNow supports enterprise DJI drones and custom drones based on PX4 and Ardupilot. Custom drones are required for specific tasks like delivery which requires long-range and heavy payload carrying capabilities. This means a service provider using FlytNow is not restricted to a particular drone hardware platform.

FlytNow Enterprise

The Enterprise version covers everything that the Business version has to offer, plus customized modules for large scale deployment of drones with extensive flight automation. These include:

AI-based features: FlytBase provides an operating system (FlytOS) that is installed in a single-board computer, which is fitted on a drone. This makes the drone capable of performing the following things under the Enterprise plan:

drone in a box solution

  • Precision landing: Allows the drone to land on a machine-generated tag.
  • Object detection: Allows the drone to classify ground objects using the on-board camera.
  • Obstacle avoidance: Allows the drone to navigate around obstacles automatically.
  • Custom payload integration: Allows remote operation of custom made payloads as well as payloads from DJI for Mavic 2 Enterprise.

Integration with ground-based hardware: The enterprise version comes with the option to integrate with various ground-based hardware like:

drone in a box

  • Charging pad: A platform that charges a drone when it lands on it. The Enterprise version can be easily integrated with charging pads from Skysense.
  • Drone-in-a-box hardware: A docking station that completely houses a drone and keeps it fully charged.

Integration with third-party software: The Enterprise version also supports integration with third-party applications for the following:

  • UTM Intelligence: It is required to acquire airspace information so the drone does not interfere with manned aircraft and complies with legal norms. FlytNow Enterprise has native support for Airmap.
  • Logging applications: Such applications capture the flight data for a drone. FlytNow Enterprise has native support for Dronelogbook.

Advanced flight planning: FlytNow Enterprise has features to precisely control drone flights and ensure the safety of drones around human populations. Some of those features are:

  • Advanced geofencing: Precisely defines the area of operation of a drone with the help of polygons.
  • Custom NFZ integration: It is the ability to define No-Fly-Zones for drones.
  • Advanced failsafes: It refers to the ELP (Emergency Landing Point) feature that allows a drone operator to define emergency landing points alongside a predefined route. ELPs come in handy when a drone in a BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) mission has to do an emergency landing.

The Enterprise version is ideal for service providers who are into making systems where drones can takeoff autonomously after receiving a command, automatically go to a location and perform their mission and come back safely after complete the mission. In a nutshell, it provides customization, automation, and scalability.


In this blog, we learned about drone-on-demand services and the use-cases they are relevant. We also learned about FlytNow Business and Enterprise editions, what each has to offer, and how each can enable drone service providers.

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FlytBase, Inc. flagship product FlytNow is a cloud-based drone video streaming & fleet management solution, which provides a web-based portal to manage live drone operations remotely over 4G/LTE/5G. FlytNow provides live HD video feed, drone & camera gimbal control, and telemetry at ultra-low latency over the internet.

To empower users with the ability to use drones from a variety of manufacturers, FlytBase has now launched a Companion Computer (SBC) based Cloud Connect Software Module for the FlytNow platform. The software module supports custom drones using the firmware PX4 and Ardupilot, and popular autopilots like Pixhawk, Cubepilot, mRo X2.1 (a reduced version of Pixhawk1), Pixhawk4, Pixhawk5, etc. It also supports enterprise DJI drones like  DJI M210, M210 RTK, M300 RTK, M600, etc. and flight DJI controllers: A3 and N3. 

Role of custom drones

Custom drones built for a particular use-case provide better capabilities and efficiency compared to standard off-the-shelf drones. For example, in delivery operations, drones are required to fly long distances and carry heavy payloads; custom VTOL drones can fulfill such requirements. Similarly, for security, public safety, and emergency operations, drones that can carry specialize payload (thermal camera, loudspeaker, beacons, etc) and can transmit data securely are better suited, which can be achieved through a custom-built.  

How the PX4/Ardupilot Cloud Connect Module Works?

The cloud-connect module is a software solution to connect Pixhawk & CubePilot based Drones with FlytNow Business and FlytNow Enterprise.


Users can install the software on a companion computer of their choice (Jetson Nano, Jetson Xavier NX, Raspberry Pi 3b+/4 Odroid N2, DJI Manifold 2) and then connect the companion computer (SBC) directly to a drone’s flight controller. Once integrated, the drone can directly connect with FlytNow Business/Enterprise over 4G/LTE/5G/WiFi network through USB/Ethernet dongle or router on the companion computer. 






Why Connect to FlytNow Business/Enterprise Edition?


Connecting a drone with FlytNow using an SBC allows a user to perform remote drone operations with the drone fleet. It also enables EVLOS or BVLOS (might require regulatory clearance) flights, thus opening up business opportunities in security & surveillance, drone delivery, mapping & surveys, public safety, emergency response, inspections, etc.

“FlytNow compatibility with PX4, Ardupilot, and DJI drones allows system integrators, commercial drone operators, and subject matter experts to use a hybrid fleet of drones better suited to their requirements. 
Subject matter experts or operation heads can now see live HD video feed, telemetry at the back office as the drone operation commences on the field. This adds a lot of value for drone teams and leads to better management, ultimately saving time & cost.” - Achal Negi, Head of Business Development at FlytBase.

The FlytNow Business Edition provides out-of-the-box capabilities for operators involved in security, surveillance, public safety & emergency response. Whereas, the Enterprise version provides customization and end-to-end automation to scale drone operations with a large fleet for use-cases such as drone delivery, automated surveys, inspections, and monitoring.

Stakeholders that use the FlytNow Business/Enterprise for drone operations can:


  • Connect, control, and live stream videos from drones over 4G/LTE/5G network.
  • Connect multiple drones and control them from a single web-based dashboard. 
  • Live-stream multiple video-feeds and share them with third parties via email.
  • Connect to a private cloud for video archiving. 
  • Initiate advanced failsafes like RTH (Return to Home) to automatically make a drone return base and ELP (Emergency Landing Point), available only in the Enterprise version, which allows a drone to land on a predefined point along a route in case of an emergency.
  • Integrate with third-party airspace information service providers like Airmap (an Enterprise feature). This feature is crucial for BVLOS and EVLOS flights. 
  • Create advanced geofence using polygons in the Enterprise version. 
  • Integrate precision landing and collision avoidance capabilities (only in Enterprise version)

How do I get started?

  1. To get started with FlytNow, sign up for a 28-day free trial at

  2. To connect your Pixhawk/Cubepilot drone choose the supported drone hardware and install the software following the documentation given at

  3. Cloud connect software module and license can be purchased at

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