In celebration of Intel’s 50th anniversary, the company flew 2,018 Intel Shooting Star drones over its Folsom, California, facility on July 18, setting a new Guinness World Records title for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.
“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,” Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel Drone Group, said in a press release.
Never before have this many unmanned aerial vehicles simultaneously gone airborne, according Intel. The drones formed a rotating globe, dancing bodies and Intel’s logo hundreds of feet above the company’s campus in Folsom.
Also in celebration of Intel’s 50th anniversary, the company planned to honor 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 UAV specifically designed for entertainment purposes. They are equipped with LED lights that can create countless color combinations and can easily be programmed for any animation. The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot.
Intel coordinated a similar spectacle for the 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but Sunday’s show used almost twice as many drones.