First look at Sony’s Aerosense drone in flight (w/Video)
Last month in July Sony announced that it was working on a commercial drone called Aerosense AS-DTo1-E in association with Japanese company ZMP which would change the way we use UAVs. Now, they have released a footage of the prototype vertical take-off and landing drone which looks like a miniature RC toy modelled on Concorde plane or NASA space shuttle. Sony Aerosense is unique when compare to other drones in the market and it has a purpose too.
Aerosense VTOL drone can fly for more than 2 hours non-stop
More than just an average drone that can click your weekend action, Aerosense AS-DTo1-E is destined for serious tasks like carrying payload to natural disaster struck areas or surveying a vast expanse of land for poaching. It can carry a baggage of 22 pounds and fly for more than 2 hours at a maximum speed of 106 miles per hour which is a huge improvement when we look at other UAVs selling in the market.
As you can see from the footage released by Aerosense, the drone is able to take-off and land with utmost ease and also stop in mid-air like a quadcopter. It uses the same aerodynamic air flow method to change its direction by moving the rudder which is the next step to the helicopter-like rotor movement of the quadcopters.
Aerosense drone is expected to roll out for purchase in early half of next year and since it is aimed at the commercial market, the price is going to be in the upper slab.
Along with this Aerosense also tested their quadcopter which might also be aimed at commercial market in the future. Here is the video below of the test flight.