Intel breaks world record at PyeongChang for simultaneous drone flying

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The Intel drone light show team produces the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony drone light show, featuring Intel Shooting Star drones. Intel is providing drone technology at the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. (Image credit: Intel)

Intel says that its drone light show for the opening ceremonies at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games was not only an Olympics first, but also set an official Guinness World Records title for the “most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.”

The light show featured 1,218 Intel Shooting Star drones, whch Intel says surpasses its previous Guinness record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany in 2016.

The world record flight was prerecorded for the event.

The Intel Shooting Star drones are a type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specifically designed for entertainment purposes, equipped with LED lights that can create countless color combinations and easily be programmed for any animation. The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot.

Intel designed and developed custom animations for the opening ceremony and nightly victory ceremony performances, which include animations of different sports and various Olympic-related logos including the formation of the iconic Olympic rings.

“The Olympics are a time when the sports and entertainment industries are buzzing with record-setting performances, so it was the perfect stage for Intel Shooting Star drones and our team to set their own kind of record,” said Natalie Cheung, general manager of Intel’s drone light show team.

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