For anybody interested in the design process of the DJI Mavic Air 2, be sure to check out this article on the DJI website as the drone maker lifts a small part of the veil to give us a behind the scenes view.
Behind the scenes – the design process of the Mavic Air 2
As I’m sure you have noticed, all the DJI Mavic drones are starting to look a lot like each other. It seems that DJI has found the ‘perfect’ shape to get the best in terms of battery life, aerodynamics, features, and robustness. The DJI Mavic Air 2 does not look at all as he original Mavic AIr that was launched in early 2018.
Here’s what DJI said about the design process of the Mavic Air 2:
When designing Mavic Air 2, our team found that the arm folding of the first-generation Mavic Air had a lot of room for improvement. They set about optimizing the size, shape, and folding motion of this key area. If Mavic Air 2 had kept the previous shape, it would have been too difficult to prolong battery life with the same volume and weight. Our R&D team decided to radically reshape Mavic Air 2 by foregoing the design of the original Mavic Air model and adopting that of Mavic Pro.
The design of the drone also takes into account other requirements such as:
Aside from general drone functions, Mavic Air 2’s structural design had to meet requirements related to flight vibration and flexible-body control.
The gimbal of Mavic Air 2 uses a camera sensor that consumes power at a high rate. This was a major challenge for hardware engineers as well as the structural engineers responsible for heat dissipation.
The engineers for heat dissipation, hardware, and structure carefully designed a heat sink on the gimbal to prevent HD images taken using the HDR Video function from losing quality due to thermal noise.
You can read the entire article on the design process of the Mavic Air 2 here. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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