drone swarm records

Intel is kind of obsessed with breaking drone swarm records (again, and again, and again)

Intel’s drone team has an extreme obsession with breaking drone swarm records, again, and again, and again.

Intel has its hands in a variety of aspects of the drone industry, ranging from providing software for Yuneec’s consumer drones to making its own enterprise-grade drones. But its most media-friendly vertical seems to be its drone light shows.

And Intel doesn’t just love to put on light shows. They seemingly love to make them bigger and bigger.

Intel just marked its 50th anniversary as a company, and to celebrate, launched 2,018 of its Shooting Star light show drones into the air above its campus in Folsom, Calif.

With 2,018 drones in the air at once, Intel set a new Guinness World Records title for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.

Intel’s first Guinness Book of World Records-approved drone swarm record was set at the end of 2015, when it sent 100 drones in the sky above Flugplatz Ahrenlohe, Tornesch, near Hamburg, Germany, syncopated to a live orchestra.

A year later, the tech giant set its second official record with the Guinness Book of World Records for drone swarms in October of 2016. 500 drones flew over the quiet industrial town of Krailling, Germany, to spell out the word “Intel.”

Since that first record-breaking show in 2015, Intel’s light show drones have been serving as nighttime entertainment at a variety of events including Coachella, the Super Bowl, Walt Disney World, Los Angeles for an event promoting Wonder Woman and over the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas for CES 2018.

Related read: Watch the entire stream of Thursday’s Girls Who Drone event featuring Intel and the drone light show team

Intel also made a big media fuss over its 2018 Consumer Electronics Show exhibition, in which it flew 100 of its Shooting Star Mini drones on the CES stage, earning the Guinness World Records title for the most drones flown simultaneously indoors by a single pilot.

Shortly after that, Intel stirred up more Guinness hype when it flew 1,218 of its Shooting Star light show drones over the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea in February, setting another world record.

But the chip giant lost the record shortly after, when Chinese company Ehang broke the Guinness World Record record for largest drone display with a fleet of 1,374 drones at a Labour Day show in Xi’an. The show was largely classified as a disaster, as signal interfence caused some drones to break from the formation, and some even fell out of the sky. Among that shows drone light fails was  an incomplete showing of the number “1374”, which represented the actual number of drones in the air as well as the length of the 13.74-kilometer long wall of Xi’an.

According to an announcement from the Ministry of Finance, Ehang was paid $1.6 million USD to put together the record-breaking performance.

But for now, the drone industry can rest easy, knowing that this week’s new world record-breaking show went off without a hitch.

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