Disney And Intel Create Drone-Filled Christmas Show

Posted: Nov 17 2016, 11:17am CST | by , in News | Technology News

Disney and Intel Create Drone-Filled Christmas Show
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Every night this winter, Disney will send 300 drones into the sky over Orlando to create a holiday-themed light show. They are using Intel's Shooting Star Drone, which is designed to fly in unison with hundreds of drones that are all manned by a single operator.

Intel unveiled the drone earlier this month after they flew 500 over a town outside of Munich, Germany. They broke the Guinness Book of World Records for most drones operated by one person.

In August, the FAA released drone rules for commercial operators. Intel was granted a waiver to fly an unlimited number of them over any uncontrolled airspace. Disney has been given a similar waiver to fly over any of its parks.

iAlthough the technology has worked for 500, they will use 300 to create the show, since it is a lot of work to fly that many night after night.

If one does fail to follow the pack, the operator will be able to bring it home immediately so that it does not ruin the show.

These drones don't talk to each other like some of the other drones from Intel, according to The Verge.

“We can see the multiple-drones-per-pilot technology being implemented not just in light shows, but also in commercial applications,” said Cheung. “If you inspect a bridge, if you can have more than one drone to do it, you have a faster way of inspecting the bridge. If you were doing search and rescue and you have one drone out there searching for you, it’s much better to have a fleet of drones searching.”

Disney's show will fly twice a night at their Disney Springs resort. The drones will be able to form 4 billion combinations, fly 22 MPH, and even fly in light rain.

What the video from the Record Breaking flight:

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