What is a Drone Light Show?

What is a Drone Light Show?

Jun 8, 2023

What is a drone show?

A drone show is an emerging form of entertainment technology that involves the synchronized movement of drones equipped with LED panels, pyrotechnics, or other light performance payloads. These drones are connected to a computer and can create choreographed aerial formations. The technology allows for a wide range of applications, with the ability to form formations up to 1 km wide and tall. Drone shows can be used to promote businesses of any size and shape and can display various images and objects in the sky, from simple silhouettes to complex 3D shapes and live portraits. Each drone follows its own pre-designed flight route to avoid collisions and is controlled by a ground-based computer.


Drone light shows consist of groups of illuminated drones that synchronize their movements to form various aerial formations. These shows rely on computer programs that convert graphics into flight commands, which are then communicated to the drones. Over the years, drone shows have transitioned from university laboratories to large-scale events worldwide. The concept gained popularity through the pioneering work of organizations like the Spaxels Research Initiative, Collmot, and Verity in Europe, as well as Intel, which showcased drone shows at major events such as the Super Bowl halftime show and the Winter Olympics.

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