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The DJI Mavic Air follows the hugely popular Mavic Pro and is super compact and extremely capable. We were keen to see how this engineering marvel is built and what's inside the body. We took a brand new DJI Mavic Air and popped the hood to see how this drone really unfolds. Please note: This is not intended to be an instructive guide for dismantling your DJI Mavic Air drone. Disassemble your Mavic Air at your own risk.

Tools required

  • 1.5mm hex driver
  • T6 torx
  • Small flathead
  • Small cross-head (PH00)
  • Plastic spudger
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Teardown : Dismantling the DJI Mavic Air

The Motors

Although the propellers do not fold like those on the Mavic Pro, the spring-loaded mounting system is almost identical. dji-mavic-air-teardown-propeller-mount The downside of not having folding props, from a crash damage perspective, is that upon impact, more pressure will be put onto quick release mount and motor. If the quick release mount does fail though, it's easy enough to unscrew and replace it. dji-mavic-air-teardown-propeller-mounts The motors are held in place with 3 screws which can be accessed by removing the landing feet under each motor. dji-mavic-air-teardown-rear-landing-leg dji-mavic-air-teardown-motor-removal The same applies to the front legs with the folding antennas. You just need to remove a screw first. dji-mavic-air-teardown-antenna-attachment

Opening Up The DJI Mavic Air

To get into the Mavic Air, you must remove the shell, starting from the top and work your way down. There are only two screws holding the top shell in place. The rest is held in place with a series of plastic clips which requires a fair bit of prying and pulling. dji-mavic-air-teardown-cover-removal dji-mavic-air-teardown-rear-cover With the top plate removed, we are then presented with an exoskeleton in which we get our first glimpse into the inside of the drone. dji-mavic-air-teardown-lid-removed You first need to pry off the silver plastic trim at the rear of the aircraft to reveal the remaining screw holes that hold the exoskeleton top plate in place. dji-mavic-air-teardown-rear-trim-removed With the trim removed and the screws out, you can pull the exoskeleton off to reveal the inside of the aircraft. dji-mavic-air-teardown-top-frame-removed dji-mavic-air-teardown-gimbal-removal dji-mavic-air-teardown-front-facing-vision-avoidance   dji-mavic-air-teardown-vision-mainboard dji-mavic-air-teardown-mainboard-side The GPS puck is located just up from where the rear arms meet the body and is held in place by three small screws. dji-mavic-air-teardown-gps-antenna-removal Everything on the mainboard is plug and plays it's fairly easy to take apart (although quite fiddly due to it's small size). dji-mavic-air-teardown-camera-connection Once all of the connectors are unplugged and after all of the screws are removed, you can take the mainboard off to give you access to the ESC board below. dji-mavic-air-teardown-esc-board-mainboard-fan On the underside of the mainboard, below the SD card slot and USB port, is a small module held in place with some rubber dampeners. I can only imagine that this is the IMU which is I haven't been aware of DJI doing before. dji-mavic-air-teardown-sd-card-and-usb-connector Below where the IMU was held, we can see the rear collision avoidance sensors and the top of the vision positioning system. dji-mavic-air-teardown-rear-obstacle-avoidance-and-vision-positioning-system The wires coming out of the arms are for the motors and LEDs. They are then soldered directly onto the ESC board. dji-mavic-air-teardown-leg-mount

Removing the Camera Unit

To remove the camera unit, you first need to lift the front facing obstacle avoidance sensors out of the way. dji-mavic-air-teardown-front-sensor-removed Once this is done you can pull the camera unit out from the top. dji-mavic-air-teardown-gimbal-removed dji-mavic-air-teardown-camera-and-gimbal And that concludes our DJI Mavic Air Teardown. If you found this article interesting and would like to see others like it, check out the rest of our Teardown Series on our blog. If you have any questions or would like anything clarified, feel free to drop us a message in the comments section below and we will do our best to get back to you. The Mavic Air is available from RC Geeks.

Written by

Phil Harris

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