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DJI's first store is a drone paradise

The crazy UAV cathedral reflects the enormity of the entire industry.

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To mark its status as an $8 billion company, drone-maker DJI has just opened its first flagship store in China. The dramatic 8,600 square foot glass-and-metal building is located on the harbor in DJI's home town of Shenzhen, and features a theater, lounge and high-ceiling test area. Naturally, the company has display area for its various drones, including the Phantom 3, Inspire 1 and Matrice 100, and will also demo its Ronin handheld gimbal and 4K Osmo camera. If you're hoping to fly one yourself, however, DJI's own pilots -- not the public -- will take the controls.

Gallery: DJI flagship drone store press gallery | 12 Photos

With $500 million in reported sales in 2014, DJI sits at the top of an industry that shows no signs of slowing down. Now that the US FAA has opened up drones more for industry, DJI has launched a pesticide-spraying model along with a FLIR infrared camera. We may see commercial drone deliveries arriving soon as well, though many folks see that as unrealistic. At any rate, DJI has built the ultimate shrine for the flying robots, so you can visit it if you happen to be in Shenzhen -- you might want to bring earplugs, though.

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