Let us lift you to new creative experiences by vanquishing the constraints and barriers of the ground.
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Let us lift you to new creative experiences by vanquishing the constraints and barriers of the ground.
About Airpeak

Combining our imaging and sensor technological expertise and AI Robotics, we open the skies into an infinite creative playground – one with unprecedented freedom. Let us lift you to new creative experiences by vanquishing the constraints and barriers of the ground.

Elevating Creativity
Combining our imaging and sensing technological expertise and AI Robotics, we open the skies into an infinite creative playground – one with unprecedented freedom. Let us lift you to never-reached creative experience by unleashing all constraints and barriers.

The Drone Designed For Alpha

Combining Sony’s expertise in imaging, sensing and AI robotics technology in our continuous development of Airpeak.

At CES 2021, Airpeak was unveiled as a drone system designed with professional filming in mind.

From the perspective of “imaging,” by using the high-speed aerial tracking of Airpeak, equipped with the α7S III and FE 24mm F1.4 GM, we could capture a road test of a prototype of VISION-S (electric vehicle under development) to produce a dynamic piece of video footage.

We could create this video not only because of the high-speed aerial capability, but also the ability to detect the surroundings in real-time while also maintaining flight stability. The technology used here, the “Sensing” of surroundings, and the “Robotics” function of moving in accordance with those surroundings, is the same technology used in VISION-S, Airpeak and entertainment robot, aibo. Each of these have their own specifications, but all use autonomous controls to sense obstacles and stop or avoid them. Such “Sensing” and “Robotics” are used in our development testing, and we were able to share some of that with the video shown at CES 2021.

Moving on to development updates, we are currently in the process of conducting various field tests and evaluations. The Austrian mountains shown in the CES 2021 video were covered in snow, and the test course was thick with fog. These conditions were actually a lucky accident, and not something we had planned for, but it has meant that we can go on to test the accuracy of Airpeak’s sensing and control functions in various different weather conditions.

We also recently visited the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to test wind resistance, using a prototype. We are aiming for a high-level of wind resistance as we continue developing Airpeak’s frame. We plan to share video footage from that test at a later date.

Videos
Aerial Shooting of VISION-S Road Test
A behind the scenes look at how Airpeak was used to shoot the promotional video for VISION-S, an electric vehicle prototype. Flying with the Alpha 7s III and FE 24mm F1.4 G-Master lens, Airpeak unleashes all constraints and barriers for creators to push the boundaries of visual expression with dynamic shooting. Airpeak is not only capable of high-speed aerials, but also to autonomously detect it's surroundings to maintain flight stability.
Field Testing
Iriomote Island is a national park located about 2,100 km south west of Tokyo, and is covered mostly by subtropical jungle. The island's untouched beauty makes it both an ideal spot for shooting with a drone, and a location with tricky flying conditions. For example, we flew the drone over the top of a waterfall and out past the basin to test Airpeak's capabilities when there is a difference in height, and also flew the drone through a mangrove forest to test how it would operate in situations where it could be difficult to pick up GNSS signals. The data and information we get from testing helps us to improve flight safety and stability.
Wind Resistance Testing
Wind tunnel testing at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) enables us to see how the drone could be affected by strong wind, and up to what wind speed the drone could endure. Our test results showed that the prototype could maintain stable flight up to around 20m/s - a wind so powerful an average person would have trouble standing upright. Airpeak’s propulsion system is optimized to ensure stable flight even in strong winds and features an ESC (Electric Speed Controller) designed for superior control, highly efficient and responsive 17-inch propellers, and lightweight, high-performance, high-power brushless motors.
Unveiling the Airpeak
Airpeak aircraft is unveiled at CES 2021 as a new product integrating AI and Robotics designed for creators. With Sony's Alpha™ mirrorless cameras, stable, dynamic remote shooting is possible.
Field Testing
Iriomote Island is a national park located about 2,100 km south west of Tokyo, and is covered mostly by subtropical jungle. The island's untouched beauty makes it both an ideal spot for shooting with a drone, and a location with tricky flying conditions. For example, we flew the drone over the top of a waterfall and out past the basin to test Airpeak's capabilities when there is a difference in height, and also flew the drone through a mangrove forest to test how it would operate in situations where it could be difficult to pick up GNSS signals. The data and information we get from testing helps us to improve flight safety and stability.
Wind Resistance Testing
Wind tunnel testing at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) enables us to see how the drone could be affected by strong wind, and up to what wind speed the drone could endure. Our test results showed that the prototype could maintain stable flight up to around 20m/s - a wind so powerful an average person would have trouble standing upright. Airpeak’s propulsion system is optimized to ensure stable flight even in strong winds and features an ESC (Electric Speed Controller) designed for superior control, highly efficient and responsive 17-inch propellers, and lightweight, high-performance, high-power brushless motors.
Unveiling the Airpeak
Airpeak aircraft is unveiled at CES 2021 as a new product integrating AI and Robotics designed for creators. With Sony's Alpha™ mirrorless cameras, stable, dynamic remote shooting is possible.
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