ACSL, a Japanese developer of industrial drones, announced on December 13 that it has begun accepting orders for its small aerial photography drone “SOTEN”. The drone was developed by ACSL based on the results of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization’s (NEDO) “Safe and Reliable UAV Basic Technology Development” project in Japan.
The first feature of the SOTEN drone is the “Made in Japan Secure Drone Protection Technology”, based on the international standard ISO15408 for security products, to prevent data leakage and extraction, and to prevent hijacking of the drone.
The system also features encryption and communication of photographic data and flight path data acquired by the drone, so that this data collected through communication can also be protected by integration in the Japanese domestic cloud. In addition, by using highly reliable products produced in Japan or procured from overseas as the main components of the aircraft, the company has established a production system that can confidently provide drones that are expected to play a role in supporting social infrastructure.
The SOTEN UAV also features a one-touch camera switching system that allows the installation of an infrared camera + visible camera, a multispectral camera and an optical zoom camera (under development) in addition to the standard camera.
With a maximum speed of 15 m/s, the camera is also equipped with SLAS/ SBAS (Sub-meter Positioning Augmentation Service of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System MICHIBIKI) for highly accurate positioning in Japan, allowing safe takeoff and landing in situations where precise position information is required, such as disaster investigations.
The LTE communication enables the UAV to be controlled via the Internet. The drone can fly autonomously in remote areas, such as mountainous areas and inside factories. By using offline maps, the drone can fly automatically by displaying offline maps on the console base station application, even in environments without Internet access.
The drone measures 637 x 560 mm when deployed and 162 x 363 mm when retracted, and weighs 1.7 kg (including standard camera and battery). Maximum flight time with standard batteries is 22 minutes (with a standard camera, in winds of 8 m/s).