Shooting Star (drone)

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The Shooting Star is a quadcopter drone designed for light shows by Intel. It is constructed of Styrofoam and lightweight plastics; and it has built-in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for display purposes.[1] Large numbers of Shooting Star drones can be controlled by a single computer and operator that can create more than four billion color combinations from the built-in LEDs, with the system's algorithms controlling the choreography and optimizing the flight paths.[1]


In November 2016, 500 of the drones were used in a light show to set the new Guinness World Record for the "Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously".[2][3][4][5][6]

The drones were used for the Super Bowl LI halftime show performance by Lady Gaga in 2017, in which 300 Shooting Stars formed an American flag in the sky.[7][8][9][10][11][12] Because of the tight regulations during the show and establishment of a no-drone flight zone, the drone show was recorded beforehand.

Josh Walden of Intel's New Technologies Group stated that one possible application of the technology is to use large numbers of drones to perform a visual inspection much more quickly than a single unit.[1]

During Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 Intel worked together with Studio Drift and BMW with a performative artwork with a flying swarm of 300 drones[13]

1,218 of these drones were used for the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which became the largest drone show in the history of the world.[14]


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  4. ^ McSweeney, Kelly. "500 Intel drones dance in the night sky". ZDNet. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
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  6. ^ "Intel Lights Up the Night with 500 'Shooting Star' Drones". Intel. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Drone expert explains how Lady Gaga's 300 Super Bowl halftime flyers worked". CBC News. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Barrett, Brian. "All About Lady Gaga's Super Bowl Halftime Show Drones". Wired. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Perez, Chris (February 6, 2017). "This is what 300 drones flying in sync looks like". New York Post. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Yes, those were drones at Lady Gaga's Super Bowl 51 halftime show". For The Win. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  11. ^ TV. "Lady Gaga's Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Drones Have a Bright Future". Wired. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  12. ^ "Super Bowl LI: How Lady Gaga's Drones Worked". Time. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  13. ^ "a flying sculpture by Studio Drift in partnership with BMW is a performative artwork at the interface between technology, science, and art". Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  14. ^ "Inside the Olympics Opening Ceremony World-Record Drone Show". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-02-09.

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