Getting started with M300 and MicaSense

This document is to get you started using MicaSense sensor with the Matrice 300 RTK drone.

  1. Attaching the Altum/RedEdge/Dual Camera System and DLS 2 to the M300: M300 RTK QuickMount GEN2 Instructions for RedEdge-MX and Altum
  2. If you are using a Skyport (PSDK) integration, you will need to update the firmware on your Skyport (aka the payload) using a USB cable attached to the M300, and an Enterprise account. You will have to request Enterprise features to your existing DJI account here.
  3. Be sure to have the most recent firmware for your M300, DJI Smart Controller, and RTK station (such as the DJI D-RTK 2). You will need DJI Assistant 2 for Matrice and USB cables to plug the products into your computer. See the latest Release Notes to see which is the latest version for each peripheral.  
  4. Planning a flight:
    1. With the M300, only DJI Pilot on the DJI Smart Controller can command and plan flights. Third party Mission Planners (such as Atlas Flight) are not compatible.
    2. You can upload a KML file, and save missions you create with DJI Pilot.
    3. You can create a custom camera in DJI Pilot. You will need to enter the custom camera parameters for your sensor. Note that the Dual Camera System has the same parameters as the RedEdge-MX.
    4. If you are using a Skyport integration, you can trigger the camera via the drone with DJI Pilot. If using a Dual Downward Gimbal, it must be mounted to Gimbal 1. You can use the same parameters as above.
    5. If you want to trigger multiple cameras at once (for example, the DJI Zenmuse H20 and a MicaSense Altum Skyport edition), the drone can only trigger one of them per mission. You will need to use an automatic triggering option such as Overlap mode or Timer mode with the MicaSense camera. See more information about triggering mode in the user guide.
    6. If you are using an automatic triggering option like Overlap mode (which is necessary for non-Skyport MicaSense cameras, like standalone Altum, RedEdge-MX and the Dual Camera System), be sure to set your Target Altitude in the MicaSense web UI the same altitude you set for flight in DJI Pilot. If you want to make sure your mapping flight is achievable, check the MicaSense flight calculator.
  5. Before takeoff, check the status page on the web UI to make sure you have time, and location information. See the user guide for more details.
  6. Calibrate the DLS 2’s magnetometer every so often, or if you have removed the DLS 2. See detailed instructions here.
  7. At this time, RTK precision location data from the M300 is not injected into MicaSense camera image metadata.

See also: Getting started with SkyPort (PSDK)

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