Intel has unveiled its Shooting Star quadcopter drone, designed exclusively for light shows. The company, which put its own drone swarms in the air around the world in 2015, has come out with another model — one with a software that will help a drone create an intended image.
The software will even choose drones based on GPS reception quality and remaining battery life. This drone could help design elaborate light shows in a shorter duration.
“With this drone, we will be able to demonstrate that drone light shows can redefine entertainment and create amazing new experiences in the night sky. ” Anil Nanduri, vice president, new technology group, and general manager UAV segment, Intel Corporation, said in the official press release.
To design the Shooting Star, Intel has received a Part 107 waiver from the federal aviation administration (FAA), which will let the drone fly outside the regular limit for such devices. The company has equipped it with an LED, which can shine in 4 million different combinations. One of the standout features of the drone is its form factor — it weighs just 280 grams and has a rotor diameter of 6 inches. It can also fly for about 20 minutes in light rain.
The company announced its developer-focused Intel Aero platform and Intel Aero ready-to-fly drone in August, expected to be available by 2016-end, according to its website. In October, it introduced the Falcon 8+ system — a multirotor drone with complete flight system redundancies built in.