Intel sets a record with 1218-drone salute for Olympics’ opening ceremony in Korea

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The Intel drone light show team produces a performance for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, featuring more than 1,200 Intel Shooting Star drones. (Intel Photo)

The Winter Olympics’ first-ever drone light show has earned Intel the title from Guinness World Records for the “most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.”

There might be an asterisk in the record book, however: The show didn’t actually take place at today’s opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea. Instead, it was pre-recorded last December for broadcast during the event.

The synchronized flight of 1,218 Intel Shooting Star drones broke Intel’s previous record of 500 drones, flown simultaneously in Germany in 2016. The performance also surpassed the 300-drone salute that was pre-recorded with Lady Gaga for Super Bowl LI last year.

For the Olympic show, Intel’s drones were programmed to paint the sky with colorful

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