Drone Park in Seoul, South Korea. DJI is opening one.
Leave the casino night or team scavenger hunt to behind — your next corporate event could have you flying drones at a drone park, event or party.
Drone manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co. this month is opening its first-ever DJI Arena — an event space for training seminars, UAV clubs and corporate events.
The 15,000-square-foot space is opening this month just south of Seoul, South Korea, in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.
The indoor venue will be equipped with safety nets, and an LED-lit circuit for pilots to fly through.
A DJI spokesperson said the company does not yet have plans to open any stores or arenas in the U.S., but drone-flying facilities are becoming more common. Earlier this year, the Aerial Sports League announced it would open a facility in San Francisco for people to learn how to fly and build drones, and it would also host racing events.
Seoul has been an epicenter for the booming drone market. The city was the second to get a brick-and-mortar DJI store after Shenzhen, China, which is where DJI’s headquarters are located. The five-story store is reminiscent of Apple’s flagship stores, with a minimalistic, futuristic aesthetic.
And the whole country seems to be in on the drone hype. Seoul’s municipal government recently designated a 290,000-square-foot parcel of land as a “drone park,” allowing drone pilots to book a spot to fly. The park also includes a drone racing area for competitions.
South Korea is also working to create “roads” in the air so drones have paths to fly. The country’s Ministry of Land and Transportation is developing a 3-D map that includes information on topography, humidity, temperature, and power lines and cables. Eventually the map could be used by regular civilian operators to guide where drones can and can’t fly.
Estimates suggest that DJI has as much as a 70% share of the world’s drone market, deriving about 30% of its revenue from Asia.