Intel Corporation put on a spectacular light show that has launched the American technology company into the record books for the second year running.
Intel’s magnificent display was not produced by pyrotechnics, but by hundreds of individual drones each fitted with an LED light.
On a football field in in Krailling, Germany, Intel successfully set a new record for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously as 500 drones performed a flawless routine together, lighting up the evening sky.
The company first achieved this Guinness World Records title in 2015 with 100 drones, but this year the Intel engineers wanted to make a show that was bigger than ever.
This record challenge features a new UAV, weighing just 280 grams and electrically operated with a rotor for flying, the Intel Shooting Star drone was specifically designed for putting on dramatic lightshows.
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."