Sony to Launch Professional-Use Drone Airpeak S1

Expanding the possibilities of aerial video production with flight and shooting performance to create an unprecedented free perspective

Sony Group Corporation (“Sony”) plans to release the “Airpeak S1” as the first model in Airpeak line, which has been developed with the intention of contributing to the further development of drones and the utmost in value creation. The commercial drone, Airpeak S1 will be the world’s smallest drone able to be equipped with a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens α camera, enabling dynamic and precise flight with high agility by using a proprietary motor, propeller, control system and sensing technology, and supporting the creative expression of its users to the fullest. It also supports the production of high-quality aerial images with a remote controller that can control the aircraft at will, obstacle detection and automatic flight control via sensing, and increased flight safety via cloud management of the aircraft and flight information.

Main features

Optimized Design for Exceptional Performance

Fly dynamically with basic high performance

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

Stable flight even in strong winds

  • Propulsion technology using a combination of independently developed key devices provides wind resistance of up to 20m/s*4, enabling stable flight even in strong winds.
  • *1No payload, obstacle brake disabled
  • *2Vision Positioning disabled
  • *3Obstacle brake disabled
  • *4No payload

Independently developed propulsion device and flight control system

  • In addition to the lightweight, highly-efficient, sturdy and responsive proprietary 17″ propeller and brushless motor, it is equipped with an ESC (Electric Speed Controller) for optimal control of these components.
  • Unique, high-performance flight control system that integrates the propulsion device and all sensor information to ensure stable flight and high maneuverability.

Sensing Technology for Flight Stability

Accurately grasps position and orientation using multiple high-performance sensors

  • Stereo cameras equipped with Sony’s image sensors are installed in 5 locations (front, back, left, right, bottom) of the aircraft. Sony’s Vision Sensing Processor, which processes camera data at high speed, and proprietary algorithms are used to accurately estimate the aircraft’s spatial position and orientation in real time, enabling stable flight even in environments where GNSS reception may be affected or hindered, such as indoors or under bridges. Airpeak S1 integrates visual information with sensor information such as IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), direction, barometric pressure, infrared ranging, 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.

Versatile Camera and Lens Compatibility

A wide range of cameras and lens options

  • Choose the right α system for your application and expand your filmmaking horizons: the α7S series and FX3 for high descriptive capability with suppressed noise, the α7R series for ultra-high definition, and the α9 series and others for distortion-free images.
  • The α1, which can shoot footage in 8K, is also compatible.

Intuitive Control

“Airpeak Flight”, a remote controller with high operability and a mobile app that allows centralized control of the aircraft and equipment.

  • Capable of operating the aircraft, camera, and gimbal while checking images captured by α camera in real time.
  • The iOS / iPadOS compatible mobile app Airpeak Flight integrates the aircraft, remote controller, camera, and gimbal, allowing the operator to monitor status information such as flight distance and remaining battery power, and change various operations and settings on the screen.

Automated Flight Missions for Workflow Efficiency

Integrated management in the cloud with “Airpeak Base”

  • Airpeak Base is a web application that allows the operator to manage equipment, create flight plans, and manage flight logs.
  • In the equipment management, information on the equipment used is automatically listed and managed based on the flight log. This allows the operator to check the condition of the aircraft before going to the field, contributing to problem reduction.

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

  • With Airpeak Base, operator can create advanced flight plans and automatically fly the aircraft along the same course many times as if on rails installed in the air.
  • It is able to set the position (latitude, longitude and altitude) and speed of the aircraft along the timeline, and specify the orientation of the gimbal and the timing of video or still image shooting. It can also draw smooth curves on the map.
  • Repeat 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

“Airpeak Plus” a cloud service that allows users to use the rich features of Airpeak Base, and “Airpeak Protect Plan” a service plan to cover accidental damage to the product, will be made available. Further details will be available on the Airpeak website before the products go on sale.

Sales information
Product Name Model Name Price Scheduled release / service availability date
Drone Airpeak S1 “ARS-S1″ Open Price September 2021*5
  • *5Shipments will begin in September 2021.

Information on Airpeak will be updated on the following site

Exhibited at the exhibition Japan Drone 2021

Sony Group will be exhibiting at Japan Drone 2021, a drone exhibition to be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan from June 14-16, 2021. In addition, Izumi Kawanishi, Senior Vice President, Officer in charge of AI Robotics Business, Sony Group Corporation will provide the keynote speech in the morning of June 14.

Sony Group Corporation will expand the creativity of professional creators with Airpeak and enable the enjoyment of entertainment with unprecedented visual expression. In addition to video creators, Sony will promote co-creation activities with professional supporters*6 in a wide range of fields such as system integrators and industrial partners, and explore 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.
  • *The listed companies and product / service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
  • *Product specifications are subject to change without notice.
Estimated market price

“ARS-S1” excluding tax: around 1,000,000 yen (tax included: around 1,100,000 yen)

  • *“Estimated market price” is an estimate of the selling price in the market for products before they are released. The actual selling price of the product will be determined by each retailer.
Posted by at June 10, 2021
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