The Blue Vigil RS1000 Tether System has been designed for DJI Matrice 200 series drones along with the DJI Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 enables unlimited flight time when connected to a power source. Kit includes everything you need to achieve tethered flight with these aircraft. Included is the RS1000 Tether, Battery Replacement Module (for 24V), and the DJI Accessory/Compatibility Kit which is used to modify your aircraft’s battery for compatibility with the RS1000 Tether. The RS1000 can support up to 1500 watts of sustained power with 24V off-the-shelf voltages.
Drone Tether System Features
- No need to buy another drone, the RS1000 can be used with drones already in your fleet
- The RS1000 installs and uninstalls in the field within seconds
- Easy to transport, system is fully housed in a hard protective case
- Standard cable length is 164 feet (50m)
- Automatic cable management keeps a constant tension on the cable
- Made in the USA, Serviced in the USA
Unlimited Flight Time with the Matrice 200, Inspire 1 or Inspire 2
When time is of the essence you no longer have to worry about landing to switch out batteries, stay airborne! With the Blue Vigil RS1000 Tether System your flights are endless and flight time is unlimited. Everyone wishes there were batteries for the Matrice 200 that could achieve a longer flight time, but unfortunately the TB55 Flight Battery is the largest capacity battery available for the Matrice 200 series. In order to achieve longer flight times with your M210 or M200, look no further than the RS1000 Tether System for Matrice 210 drones.
Launch It & Leave It – Once you have your aircraft at your desired altitude, the majority of compatible aircraft with GPS positing will generally be able to hold their positioning and the operator will not need to constantly make inputs to keep the aircraft in position. It’s also worth noting that tethered flight systems are not characterized the same way as standard drone operations are with the FAA. We highly recommend checking into the current regulations, but you may not be required to have a PIC and VO on the tethered drone operation at all times.
DJI Matrice 200/210/210 RTK Tether System
The Blue Vigil RS1000 has quickly become the most commonly used tether for the Matrice 210, along with the Matrice 200 and Matrice 210 RTK models. The tether system is compatible with both TB50 and TB55 batteries and requires a small modification to one of the batteries. The included Battery Modification Kit (often referred to as the BRM, Battery Replacement Module) provides everything you need to modify one of your TB50 or TB55 batteries so that it can work with the RS1000 Matrice 200 tether.
DJI Inspire 2 Tether System
The DJI Inspire 2 is often used for live streaming at concerts, festivals, sporting events, parades or many other types of events where a continuous live stream is being broadcasted from the drone. Inspire 2 drone tethers negate the need to land every 20-25 minutes to swap out your battery. The RS1000 Tether is one of the easiest and safest ways to achieve longer flight times with the Inspire 2.
DJI Inspire 1 Tether System
Even though the DJI Inspire 1 is being discontinued from production, it’s still a very common aircraft in the field today and most popular amongst public safety agencies as it was the first DJI aircraft to be compatible with the Zenmuse XT Thermal Camera. The RS1000 is fully compatible with both the TB47 and TB48. As will all other compatible aircrafts and batteries, you will need to modify your battery for use with the tether by following all instructions included with the BRM (Battery Replacement Module) included with the RS1000 tether system kit.
About Blue Vigil
Blue Vigil manufactures, distributes, and supports tether power systems for drones. Blue Vigil was founded and is managed by a team of pilots and UAV experts. The team saw an unfilled need in the UAV industry for a tether system which was universally compatible with UAVs. Blue Vigil was founded in partnership with a Harrisonburg, Virginia Investor Group and James Madison University. Blue Vigil was launched in 2015.
Applications for Drone Tether Systems
NEWS MEDIA & EVENTS
Capture great shots of your race, concert or festival.
News media can monitor travel lanes or current events.
LAW ENFORCEMENT & FIRST RESPONDERS
Evaluate crime scenes and vehicle collision efficiently.
Law enforcement can monitor crowd situations.
Fire officials can identify hot spots.
Area surveillance and tactical overview.
MILITARY & GOVERNMENT
Perform reconnaissance and aerial surveillance missions.
Protect a person or area with extended aerial views.
COMMUNICATION & SENSORS
Deploy radio and cellular sites and relays.
Monitor UAV mounted electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors.
Other Common Uses for Drone Tethers
- Surveillance of fixed positions and perimeters
- Monitoring protracted barricade/hostage situation
- Weather monitoring
- Hazmat incidents
- Situational awareness at events (concerts, festivals, parades)
- Eye-in-the-sky camera position for televising and recording sports events
- Reconnaissance in hazardous/inaccessible environments
- Monitoring vehicular traffic conditions
- Scene safety/force protection
- Film production
- Aerial platform for lights, sensors, and antennas
Blue Vigil RS1000 Tether Compatibility
Included is all of the necessary components for the the Blue Vigil RS1000 to be fully compatible with the following aircraft:>
- DJI Inspire 1
- DJI Inspire 2
- DJI Matrice 200
- DJI Matrice 210
- DJI Matrice 210 RTK
The RS1000 is also compatible with any drone that operates on a 12 or 24 volt battery, although these drones may require an additional adapter.
NOTE: In order to connect the tether to your aircraft, you will need to modify one of your batteries using the battery replacement module (BRM) included with the kit. The modification is a very simple and straight forward process that only takes a few minutes.
Blue Vigil RS1000 Demo
Blue Vigil RS1000 Tether Flying a DJI Inspire 2
What is the length of the tether line?
The standard cable length is 164 feet or 50 meters.
How do you install the tether and what are the battery modifications that are required?
Please take a look at the Blue-Vigil-DJI-Install-Guide-V1.42
How does the tether work?
Essentially you have a ground unit that contains a spool of tether line that runs to the drone. Your ground unit can either be plugged into a regular wall outlet or could be powered by a generator or inverter. See this video for a great explanation of the RS1000 Tether by Todd State, CEO of Blue Vigil.
Where is the RS1000 tether made?
The Blue Vigil RS1000 is proudly manufactured in the USA.
Who is Blue Vigil?
Blue Vigil is a now experienced and mature start-up that was founded in 2015 and funded by private investors and their local community. In 2015, Blue Vigil secured $250k of seed funding in their pursuit to commercialize a tether system for DJI drones.