Airpeak S1 Professional Drone Announced

Airpeak S1: B&H Photo / Amazon

Launched Airpeak S1 professional drone
Expand the possibilities of aerial video production with flight performance and shooting performance that create an unprecedented free perspective

Sony Group Co., Ltd. will release “Airpeak S1” as the first of Airpeak, which has been developed with the intention of contributing to the further development of drones and the creation of the highest value. The commercial drone Airpeak S1 is equipped with a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera α ™ (Alpha ™), which enables highly agile, dynamic and precise flight with its proprietary motor, propeller, control system, and sensing technology. Since we have achieved the world’s smallest class with possible models, we will fully support the creativity of video production creators. In addition to a transmitter that allows you to control the aircraft at will, obstacle detection and automatic flight by sensing, and safe flight by cloud management of the aircraft and flight information, we support high-quality aerial image production.

Main features
Aircraft with improved athletic performance

Dynamic flight with high basic performance

  • A maximum speed of 90km / h * 1 , a maximum angular velocity of 180 ° / s * 2 , and a maximum tilt angle of 55 ° * 3 have been achieved.

Stable flight in strong winds

  • With a propulsion device that combines a uniquely developed key device and flight control, it has a maximum wind resistance of 20 m / s * 4 , enabling stable flight even in strong winds.

Propulsion device and flight control system developed independently

  • In addition to the uniquely developed 17-inch propeller and brushless motor that are lightweight, highly efficient, high strength, and highly responsive, it is equipped with an ESC (Electric Speed ​​Controller) that optimally controls these.
  • By integrating the propulsion device and all sensor information, we have built a unique flight control system that realizes stable flight and high flight response.
  • ※1No payload, when obstacle brakes are disabled
  • ※2When the vision position is invalid
  • ※3When the obstacle brake is disabled
  • ※4Without payload

Stable flight by sensing

Accurately grasp your position and posture with a group of high-performance sensors

  • Stereo cameras with a built-in Sony image sensor are placed in five directions (front, back, left, right, bottom), and are equipped with a Sony vision sensing processor that can process those camera information at high speed at the same time and an original algorithm. Airpeak S1 integrates these visibility information with sensor information such as IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), compass, pressure, infrared distance measurement, etc., estimates self-position and attitude with high accuracy, and recognizes the surrounding space in real time. .. This enables stable flight even under conditions where it is difficult to receive GNSS, such as indoors and under bridges.

Various camera and lens variations

A wide range of cameras and lenses can be selected

  • You can expand the range of video production by selecting the α system that suits your application. With the α7S series and “FX3” installed, you can shoot high-definition images with reduced noise, with the α7R series installed, you can shoot high-definition images, and with the α9 series, you can shoot images with little distortion.
  • “Α1” capable of 8K video recording can also be installed.

Free operability

A transmitter that achieves high operability and a mobile application “Airpeak Flight” that allows you to centrally operate the aircraft and equipment

  • You can operate the aircraft, camera, and gimbal while checking the α image in real time.
  • Airpeak Flight, a mobile app compatible with iOS / iPad OS, integrates the aircraft with a transmitter, camera, and gimbal, allowing you to check the status such as flight distance and remaining battery power, and change various operations and settings on the screen.

Highly efficient workflow with automatic flight

Integrated management in the cloud by the web application “Airpeak Base”

  • Airpeak Base is a web application that allows you to manage equipment, create flight plans, and manage flight logs.
  • In aircraft management, the equipment information used is automatically listed and managed based on the flight log. Since you can check the condition of the aircraft before going to the site, it contributes to trouble reduction.

Creation of missions for video production and mission flight / reproduction flight

  • With Airpeak Base, you can create advanced flight plans and automatically fly the aircraft many times as if you had installed rails in the air.
  • You can set the position (latitude, longitude, altitude) and speed of the aircraft along the timeline, and specify the orientation of the gimbal and the timing of video / still image shooting. You can also draw a smooth curve on the map.
  • Reproduction flight is an automatic flight function that automatically reproduces the flight route, gimbal, and camera movements based on the flight logs that have flown in the past.

Related services
We have prepared a cloud service “Airpeak Plus” that allows you to use the abundant functions of Airpeak Base, and a service plan “Airpeak Protect Plan” that allows you to use products with peace of mind. Details will be published on the Airpeak site before the product is sold.

About sale
Product name Model name Selling price Scheduled release / service availability date
Drone Airpeak S1 『ARS-S1 Open price September 2021 ※5
  • ※5It will be shipped sequentially from September 2021.

Airpeak information will be updated from time to time on the following site.

Exhibited at Exhibition Japan Drone 2021
The Sony Group will be exhibiting at Japan Drone 2021, a drone exhibition to be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba from June 14th to 16th, 2021. In addition, Izumi Kawanishi, Executive Officer, AI Robotics Business, Sony Group Corporation will give a keynote speech on the morning of June 14.

The Sony Group will expand the creativity of professional creators with Airpeak and expand the enjoyment of entertainment with unprecedented visual expression. In addition to video creators, we will promote co-creation activities with professional supporters * 6 in a wide range of fields such as system integrators and industrial partners , and pursue the possibilities of drones.

※6Those who use drones to provide products and services to customers. If you register as a professional supporter,
you will receive emails about events sponsored by Sony, opportunities to experience aircraft flight, and the latest product information.
Airpeak is a trademark of Sony Group Corporation.
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Product specifications are subject to change without notice.

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