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Intel Sets World Record With 500-Drone Light Show

09 November 2016

As you can see in the video above, Intel is making strides in drone technology.

In October, the company released its first-ever drone to the market. Then it announced it would acquire MAVinci GmbH, a private fixed-wing company with best-in-class flight planning software, to expand its drone capabilities. Now Intel has set a Guinness World Record for "The Most UAVs Airborne Simultaneously" using 500 of its brand new Intel Shooting Star drones, outperforming its previous record of 100 drones in-flight simultaneously, achieved last year.

The company's Shooting Star drone was developed for the purpose of entertainment light shows. The drones are lightweight, at 280 grams. have a tightly integrated LED payload built into a soft frame made of frangible materials such as flexible plastics and foam, and propellers are protected by cages. In addition, they can create almost limitless color combinations.

Intel has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration to receive a waiver allowing it to fly these drones as a fleet with one pilot at night in the U.S.

"We believe drones are an important computing platform for the future and we are continuing to invest in technologies and companies that will enable us to provide the best compute, sensor, communications and software integration for the growing drone ecosystem. To this point, we have acquired MAVinci GmbH, a drone company based in Germany that offers best-in-class flight planning software," wrote Anil Nanduri, Vice President in the New Technology Group and general manager of unmanned aviation systems for the Perceptual Computing Group at Intel Corporation, in an Intel blog post.

To contact the author of this article, email Nicolette.Emmino@ieeeglobalspec.com


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