Sony sets up Airpeak to build its own drones

Sony decided to take advantage of the fact that the US authorities expelled the Chinese brand DJI from their market, and to occupy this niche. Airpeak, a new heavy-duty quadcopter designed to move the Alpha professional mirrorless movie camera, was unveiled at CES. It is not a standalone machine, but part of a new Sony program that aims to provide sophisticated video filming services.

The company's engineers managed to make the drone not too big - 60 cm in diameter. It has a massive body, reinforced propeller masts and two compartments for heavy battery packs. The long carbon legs automatically lift up after takeoff and transform into cross bumpers so that the car does not bump into an obstacle when moving sideways.

A universal stabilizer for the suspension camera is installed under the bottom of the quadcopter. The device itself also has cameras: several around the perimeter for orientation on the ground, plus a controlled pilot's camera. Obviously, two people are needed for full-fledged work - the pilot is driving the quadcopter, and the operator is filming video through the pendant camera.

Other details have not yet been provided, but Sony said that they intend to implement in this project all their best practices in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.