DJI Inspire 1 Max Speed

May 19, 2015

DJI Inspire 1 Max Speed

Drones have filmed car chases, have kept up with dolphins as they leap across the ocean, and even have followed tornados. Obviously, if you plan to film any of these (although I would suggest you stay away from tornados for now), you will need a drone that can take on high speeds. With the DJI Inspire 1, the max speed is about 22 m/s which translates into about 50 mph. Fast for a drone! So you can have your drone keep up with a car if you need it to.


The max ascent speed is 5 m/s and the max descent speed is 4 m/s. Notice that this is significantly less than the total max speed of the Inspire flying horizontally. This is mostly because you want to have maximum control over your drone as it ascends and descends. Just imagine if you tried to get closer to the ocean while doing a shot and instead of slowly descending towards the water, the Inspire took a horrifying dive so fast that you couldn’t stop it from going in the water. But with this controlled speed, you won’t have any problems like this.


Some people have said they would like to be able to adjust the 22 m/s max speed of the Inspire so that they can go slower while taking shots around buildings and similar things. It is possible to adjust the gains so that you will have smoother speeds. However, if you aren’t extremely familiar with gains (what they do, how they work, how adjustments alter flight) then you really shouldn’t adjust these since there’s a good chance you will end up crashing the Inspire.


That being said, the only sure way to control the overall speed of your Inspire is to control the toggles with sensitivity. The Inspireis super responsive so it will take a lot of practice to get your Inspire flying at slower speeds. But you can do it. The flight simulator is remarkably just as responsive as the real thing. So, my advice would be to practice on this and you will have perfect control in no time.

Remember that wind speed will affect how fast your drone can go. The max speed of 22 m/s is a measurement based on no wind resistance at all. A lot of reviews have said that the Inspire handles wind resistance very well and even in higher winds it is incredibly stable. The most wind resistance the Inspire can take, according to the specs, is about 10 m/s (this is about 22 mph). Some have flown it in even stronger winds, but it’s really not a good idea to push any drone past its limits. When flying with high wind resistance, your Inspire will bounce around and this is never a good thing as it could lead to a crash. And, obviously, any filming you try to do could be all over the place.


But if you fly within the wind resistance limits and you practice controlling the toggles, you can let your Inspire fly at top speeds with maximum stability.

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