Over its long history, Time Magazine has featured many iconic covers, but never had they sent to press a cover of drones photographed by a drone. In May of 2018, in Folsom, California, Intel teamed up with Time and Astraeus Aerial to fly 960 drones to create a once-in-a-lifetime magazine cover.
The magazine’s creative director, D.W. Pine, said that in the 95-year history of the magazine, they have never had a cover image that was shot by a drone camera. Intel programmed the drones to form the red and blue border and TIME logo 400 feet above the ground. While in formation, a drone camera supplied by Astraeus Aerial was in the precise position to grab the perfect shot.
The magazine cover, which was titled, “The Drone Age: A Special Report,” was created for the June 2018 issue. First published in 1923, the weekly, now bi-weekly, magazine has produced thousands of issues over the years. This one, in particular, will stand apart for the Intel, Time, and Astraeus Aerial teamwork that brought it to fruition.