Integrating custom sensors into DJI drones


Novice Member
Hello All,

I am a newbie in drone development. I have a DJI Phantom 4 and I am looking to integrate a few custom sensors (like LIDAR) into it. I contacted the DJI customer service and they told me that they cannot support such additions. However, I do see people working on similar stuff and I would like advice from the community on how to go about it.

Deepak Thomas


Distinguished Member
You might be better to consider replacing the flight controller with a PX4 or Ardupilot compatible unit like a Pixhawk, as these have a larger development community and you can just plug a wide array of sensors straight in.

I have optical flow and sonar range finding on mine, along with telemetry, auto pilot, FPV camera and now a thermal imaging camera. The modules are pretty cheap to buy and the level of programming required pretty minimal.
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