In celebration of Intel’s 50th anniversary, the company recently flew 2,018 Intel Shooting Star drones over its Folsom, Calif., facility, setting a new Guinness World Records title for the most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously, the company claims.
“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,” says Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager of Intel’s drone group. Nanduri was recently appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee.
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 in Santa Clara, Calif., on July 18-22 (weather-permitting).
The Intel Shooting Star drones are 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.
Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., recently teamed up with Intel to replace its traditional Independence Day fireworks show with an Intel Shooting Star drone light show. Other performances have taken place at the Olympics, CES 2018, Super Bowl LI, Walt Disney World, Dodger Stadium and Coachella.