Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Olympics: The drones on the opening ceremony broadcast? They weren't there

Olympics: The drones on the opening ceremony broadcast? They weren't there

Intel holds the current record after 500 drones were flown simultaneously for a light show in Krailling, Germany, on October 7, the spokeswoman said. However, the company is planning on doing smaller-scale, 300-drone shows during the medal ceremonies and it has tweaked the Shooting Star's design a little in order to accommodate South Korea's weather conditions.

The Intel drone light show team produces a performance for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, featuring more than 1,200 Intel Shooting Star drones. Once in the air they fly in harmony and create spectacular three-dimensional shapes such as a moving snowboarder or the famous interlocking Olympic rings. You might remember a similar spectacle at Lady Gaga's 2017 Super Bowl half-time show, but that only involved about 300 drones.

Intel used its "Shooting Star" drones for the show, which was actually pre-recorded and inserted into the Opening Ceremony broadcast according to Wired.

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The 2018 Olympics are barely underway and there has already been one world record as 1,218 Intel Shooting Star drones were used during the opening ceremony, setting a Guinness World Records title for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously". The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot.

Intel's Shooting Star drones are created to put on a synchronized show.

"We are honored to have Intel drones playing several roles at the Olympic Games", said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel Drone Group.

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As impressive as the drone performance might be, Intel isn't done.

In addition to the opening ceremony, the drones will be used throughout the games, creating light-filled formations every night from February 10 -24 during the nightly victory ceremonies.

"We are excited to be part of the Olympic Movement to integrate Intel's innovative technologies to advance the Olympics Games experience for fans around the world".

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