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2,018 drones take to the air as Intel sets yet another world record

2,018 drones take to the air a...
Intel's Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016
Intel's Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016
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The 2,018 drones that took part in Intel’s 50th birthday celebrations took the shape of the company’s logo
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The 2,018 drones that took part in Intel’s 50th birthday celebrations took the shape of the company’s logo
Intel's Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016
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Intel's Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016
Intel’s Shooting Star drones continue to hit new heights
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Intel’s Shooting Star drones continue to hit new heights
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Intel’s Shooting Star drones continue to hit new heights
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Intel's Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016

Intel's Shooting Star drones continue to hit new heights, with their latest outing culminating in yet another record for the computer hardware turned robotic pyrotechnics company. The record saw thousands of the tiny aircraft take to the air over California, arranging themselves in spectacular formations to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.

The Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016, when the Intel set a Guinness World Record by having 100 of the unmanned aircraft fly in formation in tune to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. It has ramped things up pretty quickly from there, soon following that with a 500-strong effort later that year and then unleashing 1,218 drones in South Korea for the Olympics earlier this year.

These efforts are about more than just claiming a string of Guinness World Records. If you imagine the spectacle created by a huge fireworks show, and then imagine organizers could control their path through the air, that's the kind of capability offered by these LED-equipped drones, which are made from plastic and foam and weigh just 10 oz (283 g) apiece.

Intel's Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016
Intel's Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016

They have created Christmas trees over Disney World, a swirling backdrop for Lady Gaga's Superbowl halftime show and formed snowboarders and Olympic rings for the games in South Korea earlier this year.

The 2,018 drones used for Intel's 50th birthday celebrations took the shape of the company's logo and other spectacular shapes, setting yet another Guinness World Record in the process. You can see them take flight over its facility in Folsom, California, in the video below.

Source: Intel

50 Years of Record Breaking Innovation | Drone Light Show | Intel

2 comments
jr73
Hello Intel, All the lights and colors are nice to look at, but how about applying drone technology to put out all the fires that are burning across the US. Imagine if we could have 2000 drones take off from a lake or water tanker and then drown a fire in water or retardant. Now that would be amazing.
Cody Blank
je73, there are a number of things regarding quadrotor tech that'd prevent that. The big one being efficiency of quadrotors is incredibly low. Pair just the physics of the efficiency with the lower energy density per weight of a battery vs fossil fuels. So you end up with flight times and lifting capacity is very low. Racing drones dry weight (sans battery) are often even heavier than those Intel ones and their flight times are in the 2-5 minute mark.