Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

Intel’s Fleet Of 1,218 Drones Dazzles Onlookers With Aerial Light Display At The 2018 Olympics

Intel Shooting Star Drones Lights Up The Olympics

During the 2018 Olympics opening ceremony last week, Intel set a new world record with its Shooting Star drones, which formed different shapes in the night sky. Intel initially planned to release the drones during the event, but it was reportedly forced by organizers to prerecord the entire flight instead due to technical and safety concerns. The clip that was shown during the opening ceremony showed 1,218 unmanned aerial vehicles being released into the night sky, which then arranged themselves in different shapes including that of a snowboarder and even the iconic Olympic rings.

According to The New York Times, event organizers apparently didn’t approve of Intel’s plans of releasing the drones during the opening ceremony, citing that the aerial show might affect the integrity of the event. Intel representatives also explained that they did not want to risk crashing the drones on any of the thousands of spectators and athletes present at the ceremony.

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Intel’s Fleet Of 1,218 Drones Dazzles Onlookers With Aerial Light Display At The 2018 Olympics