A new champion has stolen the Guinness World Record title for the most UAVs flown simultaneously with a record that almost doubles the previous standing.
In celebration of its 50th year of business, the Intel Corporation flew 2,018 Intel Shooting Star drones over its Folsom, California, facility, earlier this month.
The drone light show set the Guinness World Records title for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously, a record that has changed hands multiple times this year.
In May Chinese drone specialist Ehang claimed it dethroned previous record-holder Intel with its 13-minute display over the City Wall of Xi’an, which featured 1,374 UAVs. Before this display Intel held the record with 1,218 drones.
“Several years ago, we had an idea of flying drones forming the Intel logo over our corporate headquarters, and here we are doing just that. It really speaks to the innovative spirit that Intel was founded on 50 years ago,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager of the Intel Drone Group.
Also in celebration of Intel’s 50th anniversary, the company is honoring employees and their families by flying 500 Intel Shooting Star drones over its corporate headquarters, the Robert Noyce Building, in Santa Clara, California.
The Intel Shooting Star drones are a type of unmanned aerial vehicle specifically designed for entertainment purposes. They are equipped with LED lights that can create colour combinations and can easily be programmed for any animation. The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot.