Fireworks have been a staple during nighttime events for the longest time. It is the undisputed king of night spectacles, providing a dazzling array of light and explosion while also being easily made. It has been around forever, although it still has its negatives. The loud noises for one can cause a panic to pets, children, and the elderly.
The smoke coming from the combustion of fireworks can harm the lungs. The wrappings of fireworks, as well as the shells after using, can litter the streets. The firework displays themselves, while flashy, only last a few seconds at a time. As far as we are concerned, there is room for improvement when it comes to nighttime celebrations.
Phoenix Drone Displays
It looks like the future has finally caught up with this long time king of the sky. During the past few years, a new contender arrived on the scene. It also has started generating more buzz, and have grown in popularity with no signs of stopping. The usurper to fireworks’ throne is the almighty drone.
Yes, drones, when equipped with LED lights, can create magnificent images throughout the night sky. If one combines hundreds of drones flying in coordination, you get to see something special. This is indeed the plan when Intel started doing it in events during the past few years. Now it has become a spectacle worth seeing more than that of the old traditional fireworks displays.
The most recent Intel drone show happened this month in Phoenix, Arizona. This is in celebration of Intel’s annual drone showcase to the world. Held at the Capital Global Summit, the event featured 500 drones that created magnificent images in the sky.
Intel Shooting Stars
Intel created specialized drones just for these occasions. The Shooting Star drones have been a staple in Intel’s drone displays. They have flown above crowds in the Olympics, in concerts, and other popular events. Phoenix was the next leg on their trip to fame.
The best part about using drones? They negate nearly all problems that come from fireworks. They produce very little noise and do not come with explosions. Their LED lights create amazing visuals in the sky, which can last for upwards of ten minutes at a time. Really, the only limitation for these light durations is the drone’s own capability to stay in the air. They do not create litter, and one can even use drones indoors without any problems (as long as the ceilings are high enough).
These drone light shows do have limitations as well. They require the owner to have tens, if not hundreds of drones to create the desired effect. One or two drones flying around with their LED lights out would not be enough. This means a monetary issue would arise. Either they would have to rent the drones, or buy them – something smaller venues and events cannot do.
Drone displays also require carefully coordinated sequences. One wrong move, one drone out of line, and it can send a lot of drones crashing down. Although this has not happened yet, it is a danger one always has to check with these events. Not everyone can simply create these light patterns in minutes. It requires careful – and professional – hands to get things done correctly. This also means a drone expert should be on the site during the event.
The Weather Problem
Lastly, weather can inhibit the drone shows, as seen in recent events. The Winter Olympics in Korea for example had to delay their drone show for a day because of horrible weather during the expected date. While this is the case for fireworks, it is still worth noting that one bad weather update can cancel an entire planned show.