A fleet of drones has taken to the night sky for the biggest aerial display of the gadgets over US soil. Sporting an array of LEDs, the aerial army of 100 drones twinkled in the twilight as they flashed red, blue and white over the Californian desert. The display took place in Palm Springs earlier this year and was organised by computer microchip giant Intel.
Intel released a video of the impressive displays, which had musical accompaniment from an orchestra. ‘Our goal is to be able to do this over stadiums, to do this over events that have large populations,’ said Krzanich. To fly the synchronised robot army, Intel enlisted the help of Austrian firm Ars Electronica FutureLab, which developed its own ground control software so the drones could follow flight paths.
Once a choreographed display was programmed from hand-drawn plans, the drones were able to follow the path in perfect sync. As part of the German World Record display the drones spelled out Intel’s famous logo in the night sky in LED lights. For the Californian display, the firm had to gain special exemption from the US Federal Aviation Administration, after outlining the capabilities of the technology, as well as running a number of test flights, using a single operator to control the drones.