DJI Unveils Dock 2 Mini Drone In A Box

DJI Unveils Dock 2 Mini Drone In A Box

DJI releases the Dock 2 drone in a box. Find out about its key features and how it can benefit remote and automated drone deployments.

Last updated: Mar 26, 2024

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  • DJI releases Dock 2 globally, which operates with new DJI Matrice 3TD/3D drones;  
  • Dock suited for a range of missions, including high-precision mapping and surveying;
  • Dock 2 adopts a smaller and portable design compared to the original DJI Dock - weighing only 34kg, compared to 105kg;
  • New Matrice 3TD/3D drones can fly for up to 50 minutes, covering a radius of up to 10km.

The DJI Dock 2 has launched globally, following its initial release in China last year.



It features an upgraded integrated, lightweight design and comes equipped with the new DJI Matrice 3D and Matrice 3TD Series - supporting high-precision surveying and mapping, and security and inspection operations. 

This exciting new addition to the drone in a box market is a cost-effective docking station.

heliguy™ is a DJI Dock 2 partner. Contact us to speak to one of our Enterprise experts to enquire about the new Dock.

Waterproof And Dustproof

The Dock 2 adopts a high-protection and lightweight design. The dust-proof and waterproof capability of the Dock 2 is IP55.


DJI Dock 2.


The machine weighs about 34kg - substantially lighter than Dock 1 - making it easier to transport and deploy. 



The minimum interval between two flights is 32 minutes (aircraft battery is charged from 20% to 90%).

New DJI Matrice 3TD/3D

The new DJI Matrice 3TD/3D drones are designed specifically for the Dock 2.

Matrice 3TD is equipped with wide-angle, telephoto and thermal cameras, making it suitable for operations such as security patrol, emergency response, and automated asset inspections.



The Matrice 3D drone is equipped with a telephoto camera and a mechanical shutter wide-angle camera, which can meet the requirements of high-precision surveying and mapping operations, such as site progress monitoring and earthwork measurements.

The differences between the two drones are outlined below.


DJI Matrice 3D DJI Matrice 3TD 
Wide-angle Camera

4/3 CMOS;


Mechanical shutter

1/1.32 inch CMOS;


Telephoto Camera

1/2-inch CMOS;


56x hybrid zoom

1/2-inch CMOS;


56x hybrid zoom

Thermal Camera N/A 640 x 512 @ 30fps


The drones have an IP54 protection level and can fly for up to 50 minutes. When used with the Dock, they can achieve an effective operating radius of 10km.

For an in-depth comparison between the DJI M3D and M3TD, click here.

Cloud Operation For Automated Drone Flights

The Dock can be used with DJI FlightHub 2 for a variety of intelligent cloud operations.

The table below outlines


Feature  Description
Cloud Mapping 
  • Post-flight, DJI FlightHub 2 can be seamlessly integrated with Dock 2 enabling you to generate high-precision 3D models with collected flight data.

  • These generated models are customisable, allowing annotations, measurements, and download options.
Cloud-to-Cloud Coordination
  • Via DJI FlightHub 2's Sync function, you can easily link it to a third-party cloud platform for flexible management of flight data.
Live Flight Controls
  • Using DJI FlightHub 2 or a third-party cloud platform, operators retain control over flight and gimbal angle, even when DJI Dock 2 is deployed in remote regions. Control is facilitated through simple keyboard and mouse commands.
AI Spot-Check 
  • This function enables you to specify a particular zone within the 3D model. The aircraft will then automatically compare subsequent captures to ensure consistency, adjusting the camera's angle to guarantee accurate capture of the designated area across multiple flights.
FlyTo Tasks 
  • DJI FlightHub 2's FlyTo tasks utilise high-precision 3D models to automatically plan the optimal flight route.
  • Before an urgent task, you only need to click on the subject, and the aircraft will fly to the destination via an efficient and safe route.
Obstacle Bypass
  • During automatic flight tasks, the aircraft employs omnidirectional obstacle sensing and automatic obstacle bypass functions, improving the success rate of flight tasks.


Similar to the Dock 1, the DJI Dock 2 also supports Cloud API, enabling third-party developers to build cloud platforms to operate and manage DJI Dock 2.

The M3D/M3TD aircraft is equipped with E-Port that can allow third-party payloads to be mounted on the aircraft. This includes the Sniffer4D Nano2.


The DJI Dock 2 is a cost-effective drone in a box solution, in the region of £10,000-£15,000. It has a lower price tag compared to the original DJI Dock, and is significantly lower than alternative docking stations on the market.

What Are The Differences Between The DJI Dock 2 And The DJI Dock?

These are some of the key upgrades of the Dock 2, compared to the Dock 1.

  • Smaller footprint and lighter weight: 34kg and 0.34 metre-squared footprint. Easier to transport and deploy.
  • Improved coverage and efficiency: 50 minute maximum flight time and 10km maximum operation range.
  • Surveying Capability: M3D integrates a 20MP surveying camera (same as DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise camera) that opens up new opportunities for high-precision surveying and mapping missions, for jobs such as construction site management, earthwork movements, and mining.
  • More cost-effective: Lower hardware cost and deployment/maintenance service cost.

The table below compares some of the key specs between the two solutions.


DJI Dock 2 DJI Dock 1
Weight 34 kg 105kg
Size Dock 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 Voltage 100 ~ 240 V,50/60 Hz 100 ~ 240 VAC,50/60 Hz
Input Power max 1000 W Max 1500 W
Temperature -25°C ~ 45°C -35°C ~ 50°C
IP Rating IP55 IP55
Max Take-off Altitude 2500 m 4000 m
Max Operation Radius 10 km 7 km
Compatible Drones DJI Matrice 3D
DJI Matrice TD
DJI M30 (Dock version)
DJI M30T (Dock version)
Charge 32min(20%-90%) 25min(10%-90%)
Battery Cycles 400 400
Backup Battery More than 5 hours More than 5 hours
Development Cloud API + edge computing Cloud API + edge computing


For a more in-depth comparison between DJI Dock 2 and DJI Dock 1, click here

When it comes to using the M3D Series and the M30 Series with their respective Docks:

  • The M3D Series has a longer flight time: 50 minutes v 40 minutes.
  • The M30 Series has a better IP rating (IP55 vs IP54) and stronger operating temperature envelope (-20°C to 50°C vs -20°C to 45°C).
  • The M30 Series has a laser rangefinder, but the M3D Series does not.


With its core functionality, matched with small footprint and cost-effective, DJI Dock 2 is a gamechanger for the drone in a box industry.

heliguy™ is a DJI Dock 2 partner and can help drone programmes integrate it into their workflows. This includes site surveys, installation support, inhouse drone surveying assistance, and drone training/regulatory support. Contact us for more details.

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