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Sony Announces New Airpeak S1 Professional Drone

Sony today announced its first-ever professional drone, the Airpeak S1.  An introductory model in the new Airpeak line, the S1 is the world’s smallest class aircraft that can carry a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera α, opening up a new world of creative possibilities. Sony Airpeak S1drone utilizes a proprietary motor, propeller, control system and sensing technology, allowing it to fly at extremely high speeds with very stable wind resistance. 

The Airpeak S1 features an advanced remote controller that can support the production of high-quality aerial images and freely control the aircraft.  It also includes obstacle detection, automatic flight control via sensing and increased safety via cloud management of the aircraft and flight information. The new Airpeak S1 offers dynamic flying capabilities, including a maximum speed of 55mph (90km/h)iii, a maximum angular velocity of 180°/siv, and a maximum tilt angle of 55°v.

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In addition to the lightweight, highly efficient, sturdy and responsive proprietary 17″ propeller and brushless motor, the Airpeak S1 is equipped with an ESC (Electric Speed Controller) for optimal control of these components. A unique, high-performance flight control system integrates the propulsion device and all sensor information to ensure stable flight and high maneuverability.

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 with low power consumption, 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 (Global Navigation Satellite System) reception may be hindered, such as indoors or under bridges.

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The Airpeak S1 equipped with a unique high-performance flight control system integrates all sensor information such as IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), direction, barometric pressure and infrared ranging to optimize the propulsion device.

 The new Airpeak S1 suggested retail price is approximately $9,000.00 and will ship with two pairs of propellers, a remote controller, two batteries and a battery charger. A third-party gimbal made specifically for the Airpeak S1 will be sold separately. The Airpeak S1 will be available for pre-order and ship to customers in the fall of 2021.