Images of the December rehearsal show the "Shooting Star" drones lighting up the sky with Olympic rings, a snowboarder and a dove.
The Olympics opening ceremony is always a big show, and this year was no exception, with Intel joining in on the fun with a record-setting performance of 1,218 Shooting Star drones flying in sync to create huge light-up images of Olympic sports and the iconic Olympic rings in the skies over Pyeongchang. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles themselves are fitted with LED lights to produce a virtually unlimited number of color combinations, with each 384mm x 384mm (15.1 inch x 15.1 inch) quadcopter weighing in at 330g (0.73lbs).
Intel's drones can fly for around 20 minutes and of course, exterior factors, such as crosswinds and low temperatures can affect the overall flight time.
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An army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded. They weigh less than a pound.
The performance requires three employees to monitor the drones, and Olympic volunteers to help set them up.
"Since fireworks in the seventh or eighth century, there has been no alternative option", Anil Nanduri, the vice president and general manager of Intel's drone division, told AdWeek. "We wanted to do something the world has never seen before". NBC tweeted on its official @NBCOlympics page: "A swarm of drones brings us one of the most incredible sights of the #OpeningCeremony". Unfortunately the drone performance wasn't a live part of the opening ceremony, instead it was pre-recorded due to concerns over Pyeongchang's cold and windy weather conditions. What an incredible way to display just how far drone technology has come in the last few years. It's now executed 160 shows - from Singapore's 2017 National Day Parade to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas - in more than 10 countries.