Intel set a Guinness World Record when the company flew 500 Intel Shooting Star drones simultaneously on Oct. 7, 2016, in Hamburg, Germany. The record for the Most UAVs Airborne Simultaneously beat a previous record of 100 set by Intel less than a year earlier. Intel Corporation
Drones, or quad-copters to be precise, are getting popular by the day for their diverse uses. First and foremost, they are a natural choice for taking aerial images/ videos and for logistical purposes as well. And now, Intel has added an innovative twist by using them to put up a lighting extravaganza in the sky.
Well, this was not the first time that Intel came up with such an effort. Last year, the company had flown 100 drones for the purpose, and this year they just increased the number to 500. Each fitted with LED light, the drones peaked as they instantaneously lifted into the air and danced together across the sky like synchronized fireflies. The fleet formed 3D shapes, spelled out recognizable words and painted the number 500 in the air.
All the Intel Shooting Star drones were controlled by one pilot though a single laptop and reportedly set a Guinness Record for the same for the most number of airborne unmanned vehicles simultaneously.
To create the animation, programmers mapped the path of each drone so that they could fly closer together without bumping into each other. Drone 500 also comes with a part 107 Waiver so that they can fly in Class G airspace in the U.S and other countries.