Data storage company Seagate has partnered with DJI to create a new data storage device for drones. The two companies are planning on revealing the new storage device later on this year.
The issue is that as drones develop longer fly times, existing storage will not be enough to retain the vast amounts of data a drone can gather. Right now Seagate estimates a 25-minute flight could generate over 120GB of data. Future drones will need a high-capacity storage device that is fast to make the most of additional sensors for mapping, flight planning and even atmospheric reading.
While data can be transferred via the cloud or cell networks, such methods are still not always reliable for uploading gigabytes of data in real time. Plus on-board storage should always be available for backup purposes.