Shooting Star (drone)
The Shooting Star is a quadcopter drone designed for light shows by Intel. It is constructed of Styrofoam and lightweight plastics; and it has built-in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for display purposes. Swarms of Shooting Star drones can be controlled by a single computer and operator that can create more than four billion color combinations from the built-in LEDs, with the system's algorithms controlling the choreography and optimizing the flight paths.
The drones were used for the Super Bowl LI halftime show performance by Lady Gaga in 2017, in which a swarm of 300 Shooting Stars formed an American flag in the sky. Because of the tight regulations during the show and establishment of a no-drone flight zone, the drone show was recorded beforehand.
Josh Walden of Intel's New Technologies Group stated that one possible application of the technology is to use large numbers of drones to perform a visual inspection much more quickly than a single unit.
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