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Drone fireworks display explodes into record book

14 November 2016

Intel Corporation produced a record breaking fireworks display by using hundreds of individual drones each fitted with an LED light.

Image courtesy of Guinness World Records

The company set a new record for the most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously as 500 drones performed a flawless routine together, lighting up the sky on a football pitch in Krailling, Germany. 

Intel achieved this previously by using 100 drones, but this year the engineers wanted to do something bigger. 

The display featured a new UAV, weighing 280g and electrically operated with a rotor for flying. The Intel Shooting Star drone was specifically designed for putting on dramatic light shows.

Guinness World Records adjudicator Lena Kuhlmann was on hand to officiate the attempt, count the drones and ensure they all remained airborne for a minimum of one minute.

The UAVs flew in a formation and drew the number ‘500’ and then the Intel logo.

All of the 500 drones moved as a single fleet, operated by one pilot with a laptop. This reflects a huge development in the UAV software.

“These drones are able to fly as a fleet, this is the first time ever we can show it works so well with so many drones!” said Daniel Gurdan, Intel Engineering Lead.

Natalie Cheung, Intel Light Show Business Lead commented: “We’re showing regulators around the world that UAV technologies used the right ways can help shape new rules for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles."

Video courtesy of Guinness World Records.

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