Like many other global companies, Sony is struggling with supply chain bottlenecks. The new Airpeak S1 professional drone will therefore not be launched until the beginning of November 2021.
Tokyo, September 3, 2021
Sony has been working on its own professional drone for five years. Their market launch was originally planned for spring 2021. Later, September was communicated as the earliest possible date for the delivery of the camera drone.
Due to supply issues of a few components of the drone, Sony explains in a press release, the Sony Airpeak S1, the first model in the series, is now not expected to ship until late October.
At the same time, according to the press release, Sony will soon be accepting pre-orders through authorized retail outlets.
The Airpeak S1 drone (the full product name is ARS-S1) is said to be the world’s smallest drone that can be equipped with a mirrorless α-camera with a full-frame interchangeable lens. The drone has a drive system specially developed by Sony. The propeller, control system and a sensor technology were also developed by Sony from scratch and tested over the past years.
The Airpeak S1 is said to have obstacle detection and automatic flight control using sensors. At the same time, cloud management of the aircraft and flight information should increase flight safety.
The Sony Airpeak S1 reaches a maximum speed of 90 km/h. The camera drone is intended for professional users. The entry-level model S1 costs € 8000.
“Airpeak Plus”, a cloud service that allows users to take advantage of the drone’s extensive features, and “Airpeak Protect Plan”, a service and insurance package that covers accidental damage to the product, is not included in the base price.
Source: Press release
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