Earlier this month, Rakuten was visited by CNN’s Will Ripley and his crew for an episode of “Made in Japan” featuring our ground-breaking Sora Raku delivery drone. Rakuten Today went along to catch some behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot. Check them out below and be sure to watch the program in the video above or on CNN. You can also see part two of the “Made in Japan” segment, featuring an interview with Rakuten CFO Yoshihisa Yamada, here.

Drone project leader Hideaki Mukai explains to the CNN team how the demonstration will work.

Drone project leader Hideaki Mukai explains to CNN’s Will Ripley how the demonstration will work.

Strong winds meant extra help was required to keep the landing area flags upright.

Strong winds meant extra help was required to keep the landing area flags upright.

Filming an airborne drone is not as easy as one might think...

Filming an airborne drone is not as easy as one might think…

...but the CNN crew handled the challenge professionally.

…but the CNN crew handled the challenge professionally.

The drone successfully delivered its load in the landing zone and took off again.

The drone successfully delivered its load and took off again.

Smiles all round after another successful drone demonstration.

Smiles all round after another successful demonstration.

Ripley jokes with members of the Rakuten drone team.

Ripley jokes with members of the Rakuten drone team.

One last shot with the whole crew, for the album.

One last shot with the whole crew, for the album.

Mukai hopes to have drone delivery available to consumers in Chiba by 2020.

Mukai hopes to have drone delivery available to consumers in Chiba by 2020.