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DJI DropSafe Automatic Parachute Will Try to Save Your Camera if Your Drone Falls Out of the Sky

Drone photography is the next time-lapse (which, incidentally, was the next HDR), but it presents a challenge that the previous two styles never did: safety. In this particular case we don’t mean safety of the people around (or rather below) you, but rather the safety of your gear itself.

As we’ve seen time and again, drones drop from the sky on occasion, and when they do, they rarely survive the journey south… Until now. A new product called DJI DropSafe aims to change all that.

DropSafe, which is still designated as “Coming Soon,” is a common sense addition to an expensive hexacopter: an automated, reusable parachute that can deploy in the event you lose control of your precious bit of flying metal.

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Officially designated a ‘drop speed reduction system’ — because DJI’s lawyers are keen on making sure you know that this thing isn’t guaranteed to save your equipment from harm — you can see the system in action in the video above.

It weighs less than 1.3lbs, mounts on top of your DJI S800 or S1000, and in case of emergency, deploys in less than 0.5 seconds.

Thus far, this unlisted video and the little information in its description is all we have to go off of, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this sort of thing becomes standard on all those camera-toting UAVs that are causing so much concern.

For the photographers/videographers, the parachute will offer some peace of mind that your gear will have a softer landing. For people on the ground, DropSafe might just save them a cracked skull.

(via Gadgetify)


 
  • docholliday666

    We should all take out a scoped rifle and starting popping drones out of the sky. That’d be much more entertaining than the same-ol’ aerial view footage from a drone cam.

  • thedorsalfin

    The last sentence is what I think the real benefit of this is. I’ve seen drones flying over densely populated events and always thought that they could do some serious damage to somebody if one happen to fail.

  • Christiaan Lowe-Photography

    Great ! Next can you build a bigger version for Passenger Helicopters and aeroplanes ?

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  • B T

    Great idea. I’m looking forward to seeing the videos of people deploying them, and then turning the copter back on and flying (just not UP). Or rather, the video that the camera on the copter gets. A smooth float down, with assisted turning.. that will make for a look that we haven’t seen yet in aerial video.

    It’s worth noting that it’s only for the larger, 6+ blade copters. I think it’s too big and heavy for any of the quadcopters. The bigger ones could definitely do more damage, but they’re also almost definitely going to be controlled by a professional who knows their stuff. The quadcopters are what you’re going to see much more often, and will more often have someone inexperienced at the controls. So hopefully DJI or someone else will make one for the smaller rigs soon.

  • Ralph Hightower

    I can’t tell y’all how many Canon 1Dx with 70-200 f2.8L rigs that I’ve lost flying drones!

  • anon

    what about when it flips upside down after half the rotors fail?

  • http://www.chriscameron.co.nz Chris Cameron

    This sort of system is available for light planes

  • disqintery

    I saw with my own eyeballs a Cessna 150 deploy a huge, approx 3 ft cube sized parachute strapped to the top of the plane in Taft California in the 1970′s. Art Scholl, famous aerobatic pilot had arranged it. We monitored the radio traffic at the drop zone there and the chute was deployed about 5500 feet. The pilot stayed in the aircraft and rode it down safely to the ground. We all had some nervous moments when we thought the wind might let it drift into the high tension power lines, but it landed short of them. Of course, no one in their right mind would put a cubic yard of drag on a two place airplane. There are some ballistic deployment systems out there now for experimental and homebuilt aircraft that actually work.

  • JonathonWatkins

    Indeed, a plane crash-landed in Cheltenham UK last years and deployed a parachute just like this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-22798139

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.com/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    Now you can see your drone slowly land in a pit of lava and go up in flames.

  • Jason Yuen

    Nice to see development to safety starting to come through, even if it isn’t directly focused on protecting our noggins.

  • danny

    it seems that the deployment shuts all the motors down…..