Drones can generate a lot of data when in flight and, especially when collecting video, need a lot of on-board storage.
Seagate estimates a 25-minute flight could generate 120GB of data, and the company wants to create new type storage for drones to capture and protect the data.
The company is working with DJI Robotics on the new storage, and the partners hope to release the first joint product later this year.
Seagate declined to comment on what type of storage would be used in drones. Seagate specializes in PC and data center storage, but drones have unique storage needs, which is why the partnership with DJI makes sense.
DJI is famous for quadcopters like the upcoming Inspire 2, which has a PCI-Express slot for attaching a 480GB drive with a write speed of 4.2Gbps. But SSDs, while light, may hurt the limited battery life of drones in flight.