Sony has announced Airpeak S1, its first-ever professional drone. The company said that it is a world’s smallest drone that supports a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens α camera.Moreover, Airpeak S1 promote a proprietary motor, propeller, control system and sensing technology. Which is a allowing it to fly at extraordinarily high speeds with very stable wind resistance.
Moreover, the Airpeak S1 features an advanced remote controller and also includes obstacle detection, automatic flight control via sensing and increased safety via cloud management of the aircraft and flight information. Airpeak S1 has a maximum speed of 55mph (25m/s) / 90km/h, a maximum angular velocity of 180°/s, and a maximum tilt angle of 55°. However with a full charge, it gives flight time up to 22 minutes without a payload.
Some additional features of Airpeak S1
Propulsion technology using a mixture of Sony developed key devices. Which provide wind resistance in strong wind speeds up to 44.7mph (20m/s).
Electric Speed Controller
Also, ESC (Electric Speed Controller) gives optimal control system.
flight control system
A advanced, high-performance flight control system combines the propulsion device. And all sensor information to make sure stable flight and also high maneuverability.
However, stereo cameras provide with Sony’s image sensors are installed in 5 locations (front, back, left, right, bottom) of the aircraft.
Vision Sensing Processor
Sony’s Vision Sensing Processor, which processes camera data at high speed. And with low power consumption, and dominion algorithms are used to precisely estimate the aircraft’s spatial position and orientation in real time, enabling stable flight even in environments where GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) reception may be hindered, such as indoors or under bridges.
flight control system
A advanced high-performance flight control system provides all sensor information. Such as IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), direction, barometric pressure and infrared ranging to optimize the propulsion device.
Uses Multi-directional sensors to enable its obstacle braking function. The front, rear, left and right stereo cameras and the infrared range-finding sensor mounted on the top recognize obstacles in the vicinity of the aircraft. While allowing the aircraft to automatically decelerate and also stop according to the behavior of the aircraft and the surrounding conditions.
It accordant with a various of camera bodies including: the Alpha 7S series and FX3 for high descriptive capability with suppressed noise. The Alpha 7R series for ultra-high definition and also the Alpha 9 series and others for distortion-free images. The Alpha 1, which can shoot footage in 8K.
Moreover, Airpeak Flight iOS and iPadOS consistent application provides the aircraft, transmitter, camera, and gimbal. Allowing the operator to monitor status information such as flight distance and remaining battery power.
Dual operation mode
Dual operation mode lets one user can operate the drone. While another user can operate the gimbal and camera at the same time, all while checking the same image, even in complicated scenes. The FPV (First Person View) camera, which can be tilt-operated from the remote controller, is mounted on the nose of the aircraft. And also it is useful for the operator to check the direction of the aircraft and the direction of travel.
Airpeak Base web application
Airpeak Base web application permites the operator to manage equipment, create flight plans, and manage flight logs. However, it also lets you create advance flight plans and automatically fly the aircraft along the same course repeatedly, as if the drone were on rails install in the air.
Airpeak Plus, a cloud service while permit users to use the rich features of Airpeak Base, and also Airpeak Protect Plan. Which is a service plan to cover accidental damage to the product, will be available to customers at launch.
Last but not least, the made in Japan Sony Airpeak S1 is available for pre-order and will be available in September 2021 at an approximate suggest retail price of $9,000 (Rs. 6,56,685 approx.). This will include two (2) pairs of propellers, a remote controller, two (2) batteries and a battery charger. A third-party gimbal made specifically for the Airpeak S1 will be sold individually.