Announcing our new Ultra-Heavy Lift TITAN Drone

80Kg Max. Payload optimised for Large Format

Announcing our new TITAN Ultra-Heavy Lift Drone

Helicopter Film Services launches the “TITAN”

Launched at the 2019 BSC Expo. The new Ultra-heavy Lifting Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) AKA drone combining a large, capable airframe paired with the ARRI SRH-3 or Movi XL stabilised remote heads to fly large format digital or 35mm film camera packages

February 2019 LONDON

Europe’s leading aerial filming company, Helicopter Filming Services launches the TITAN* Ultra-heavy lift drone which incorporates a large, capable airframe paired with the ARRI SRH-3 stabilised head for the first time. The ARRI SRH-3 enables easy integration of existing ARRI lens motors and other functionality directly with the ARRI ALEXA 65, ALEXA LF and ALEXA LF Mini cameras.

Aerial Cinematographer, Jeremy Braben, Assoc BSC, CEO of Helicopter Film Services (HFS) explains, “The impetus for developing this large drone was a response to requests from a couple of legendary DoPs and VFX Supervisors to enable film-makers to fly large format digital or 35mm film packages. Despite the ‘spin’ often generated in this industry, until now, there haven’t been any drones capable, or approved, to fly at weights that make this possible, safely.” 

A NEW SOLUTION, AT THE RIGHT TIME

Alan Perrin, Chief UAV Pilot at HFS adds, "We have flight trialled other heavy lift machines, but all of them have been marginal in terms of performance when carrying the larger cameras and lenses that we're being asked to fly. What we needed, and what we've designed, is a system that will capably and safely operate with the large format cameras and lenses that top productions demand." Perrin adds, “Being able to combine industry-leading triple redundancy on flight control, and double redundancy on power supply alongside an industry leading ballistic recovery system, the TITAN gives us the confidence to push the envelope. The real challenge has been engineering this performance and capacity into a size of aircraft that still allows us to deploy and operate easily on any production involving a substantial flight duration.”   The ability to switch between flying the SRH-3 with the Movi XL heads provides the ability to fly a wider range of cameras, including the new Sony Venice and with Anamorphic lenses from Panavision. Further design modifications even allow for the use of multi-camera arrays.

The resurgence of 35mm film on recent productions has meant Helicopter Film Services has seen more frequent requests to fly 35mm on a drone. This can be easily achieved with the TITAN carrying an ARRI 435 and 400ft magazine. Jeremy Braben is excited by the prospect, “Another area we are keenly exploring is the ability to fly a new 65mm film camera on the Titan!” 

Russell Allen, Business Development Director for Camera & Grip at ARRI Rental notes, “It is great to see Helicopter Film Services’ TITAN combine the latest in stabilised remote head technology – our SRH-3 – with the ultimate in image capture, the ALEXA 65. Now it seems that everything is possible.”

Not only is the payload capability truly impressive, the TITAN is the only civilian filming drone to fly with a fully tested triple ballistic recovery parachute system, giving industry leading safety and margins.  

TITAN: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Camera:  Optimised for large format Digital AND 35mm cameras  (LF, Venice, ALEXA65, Sony Venice, RED Monstro, 35mm)

Lens: Wide variety of Prime and zoom, Including Anamorphic, Panavision Primo

Lens Control: 3 axis ARRI WCU4, RTMotion, Preston

Max. Payload: up to 30kg (66 lb)

Max. Take-off Mass: 80kg (176 lb)

Flight Controls: Triple Redundant - if one flight controller fails, a backup system will take over

Recovery System: Triple Ballistic Parachute

Flight Duration: up to 15 mins (subject to payload weight & configuration)

Video Downlink: HD1080 Up to 2 miles, depending on type & Line-of-sight. Cobham or Teradeck Bolt

Gimbal: Class leading stability ARRI SRH-3 or MōVI XL