Did you know that, typically, gyroscopic stabilization filming systems are only approved to work up to speeds of 125 knots per hour? I didn’t, which is why I was drawn to a recent video clip from Blue Sky Aerial that shows Gripen fighter jets flying around the skies with incredibly smooth video.
Apparently this wasn’t possible to do before Blue Sky created a new product, dubbed the GSS 520 5 axis system, that works at speeds up to 300 knots per hour.
Just watch the video above and you’ll get why this is stunning. It’s so smooth it almost seems like it was filmed with computer animation, but it wasn’t. In fact, the videographer was riding in the back of a Saab 105 and filming the Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet you see cruising around the arctic circle. Peter Degerfeldt, the man behind the camera, is rocking a Red Dragon 6K mounted to a Canon 30-300m lens in the video and said there were no cables between the gyro and the cockpit. The temperature outside? A chilly -4 F, which is another incredible feat.
“I could zoom all the way in at 300mm, still rock solid at 300 knots; that’s pretty brutal,” Degerfeldt said. “We tried to provoke the gyro with high speeds, banking, pulling 2.5 Gs, even during a roll it was rock steady.”
Saab was just as impressed.
“Our philosophy is to push boundaries in everything we do, In this case we needed to do both still photography and footage at the same time to maximize outcome. One advantage with this system is that we can fly in speeds where Gripen flies more naturally,” Saab marketing and brand manager Jonas Tillgren added.
Pretty awesome. I think we should do this for a future TechnoBuffalo video. Ready for the cockpit, Jon?