The new Aerigon Drone from Swedish company Intuitive Aerial Inc.
The Drone wars are hotting up with a new Swedish entry in to the LA skyline. The Aerigon is claimed to be the world’s first serially manufactured, six-armed professional cinema drone built for use with Hollywood-standard cameras and lenses. With a manufacturer-approved payload capacity of 35 lbs., the Aerigon is able to carry over 20 lbs. of camera equipment, along with the gimbal, even in hot climates and at high altitudes.
The drone features a dual coaxial design with 12 powerful counter-rotating brushless motors, each sporting twin blades. A carbon fibre exoskeleton conceals and protects cables from external stress, and detachable arms provide operators the choice between power or endurance, depending on the location or the type of shot required. The Aerigon Gimbal features a proprietary advanced stabilisation system that works with heavy cameras, including professional zoom lenses and full FIZ (Focus, Iris, Zoom) controls. Sturdy, detachable legs ensure soft landings and form a protective cage around the camera and lens.
“Professional cinema drones are a powerful new tool for modern cinematography,” said Eric Bergez, VP at Intuitive Aerial Inc., who will head up the new L.A. office. “Renowned for its strength and image capture stability, the Aerigon is the Ferrari of unmanned aerial systems. Hollywood is already embracing the new technology. The Aerigon has seen action in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Into the Woods, and other A-list projects currently in production.
“When you’re carrying $100,000 worth of camera equipment, you need to ensure flight and landing are safe and gentle, every time,” Bergez explained. “Experienced pilots will love the power and control the Aerigon provides for challenging manoeuvres, while cinematographers and camera operators will appreciate the stability, precision, and accuracy of the Aerigon Gimbal.”
The Aerigon can be viewed at NAB at the Canon booth (C4325) and at the RED Digital Cinema booth (SL1517). Live demonstrations will take place during the show.