If you own a drone, want to own one, or just are curious about them then you must know about DJI. DJI and drones have been synonymous for a long time, they are one of the most popular makers of affordable, non-military drones used for photography and videography. They keep innovating their technology and simultaneously discontinuing their old ones. So, this doesn’t come as a shock that DJI Discontinued Drone Detecting Aeroscope System. While this might not be something of major significance for the company that dominates the drone market, there is some controversy surrounding their Aeroscope system.
DJI has discontinued their Aeroscope drone detecting system, as per their website, “AeroScope is a comprehensive drone detection platform that rapidly identifies UAV communication links, gathering information such as flight status, paths, and other information in real-time. This monitoring data stream helps users make an informed response as soon as possible.” With this technology, it becomes a lot easier to identify rogue drones entering sensitive areas like political rallies, airports, etc.
DJI has been in hot water ever since the Ukraine war, last year on Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted on March 16, 2022, asking DJI “are you sure you want to be a partner in these murders?” and requested them to “Block your products that are helping russia to kill the Ukrainians!” While the tweet may seem like a request to stop shipping DJI products to Russia and disable the existing ones, it was more about the Aeroscope system that was detecting the Ukrainian drones entering Russia. DJI Responded on the next day i.e., March 17, 2022, saying “This functionality cannot be turned off.”
After almost a year of all these events, DJI has stopped producing the Aeroscope system. If you visit their website you will be greeted by a pop-up saying “The Aeroscope is no longer in production. For the latest in DJI technology, please view our product recommendations below.” If you close the pop-up, you can still see the overview and other details of the drone-detecting system, but you will not be able to purchase it.
This decision could be motivated by the new rules Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or could be something else. Stay tuned with TechCult to stay on top of everything tech.
Source: DJI Website