SeaWorld to light up the skies with drone show test

Intel Corporation flies 2,018 Intel Shooting Star drones over it

SeaWorld San Diego has been granted approval by the California Coastal Commission to test a new night-time drone show in the skies over its park.

A report from the San Diego Union-Tribune notes that the park will test a show that involves using up to 500 of Intel’s ‘Shooting Star’ drones to produce a synchronised light show in the sky.

The park was granted permission by the California Coastal Commission to test the show over 15-nights in February with each test lasting for no more than five minutes.

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SeaWorld will also have to review any potential hazards and impacts that may cause issues during the show as well as any potential impact the drones may have on birds.

Little is known about what will be contained in the show but it will make use of synchronised shapes using lights mounted on the vehicles that will then fly pre-programmed routes before returning to their launch area.

SeaWorld San Diego will be the latest park to make use of the technology following in the footsteps of Universal Studios Hollywood who used Intel drones for its Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle show.

The test follows concerns over the environmental impact of fireworks with the theme park industry looking to emerging technology to produce the next generation of night-time spectaculars.

While the future of SeaWorld’s drone show remains unknown beyond the February test, with operators like Disney and Universal making strides forward to integrate drone technology it seems that future SeaWorld shows might see the world’s oceans take flight.

Tags : Drone ShowIntel Shooting StarSeaWorld San Diego
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