Frequently Asked Questions

Our Intel® Drone Light Show Classic features our Intel® Shooting Star drones which were the first drones to be purposely built for drone light shows. They are lightweight and designed with safety in mind. This technology has dazzled audiences across the globe. Intel® Drone Light Show Premium is our latest generation of drone light show technology featuring the new Intel® Shooting Star 3 drone. This technology includes 4 high-power LEDs on the drone, highly improved position accuracy, longer flight times, and higher speeds. There are more details of our Intel® Drone Light Show System offerings on our web site and you can download our Premium Fact Sheet or Classic Fact Sheet here.  

In general, weather conditions should be clear in order to optimize for a great audience viewing experience. The pilot is the final decision maker for flight conditions and will prioritize safety first. Our Intel® Drone Light Show Premium System can handle more variable weather conditions. Please contact us to learn more.

The Intel® Drone Light Show Premium System can perform in wind speeds up to 11 m/s (39 km/h), or about 24 mph. Our Intel® Drone Light Show Classic System can perform a drone light show in winds up to 7 m/s (25 km/h), or just under 16 mph.

When we work with a client on a drone light show, we are constantly monitoring wind and weather patterns weeks and days ahead of the show date. This enables Intel to work with clients to plan for contingencies. A cancellation that happened due to weather is not refundable.

It is best practice to plan 2-3 months before your desired show date, but we have done it in a matter of weeks. The timing from planning a drone light show to execution can vary from one customer to the other. Long lead items may include drone shipments, aviation authorizations, and other permitting requirements.

The typical flight time for a light show is broken down to three parts: 1) Launch Time, 2) Animation, and 3) Landing Time. The time it takes for the drones to launch and travel to the show position and return to their landing area is dependent upon the distance from the airfield to the show location, and this does not include the average animation time.

The Intel® Drone Light Show Premium flight time is about 11 minutes with custom animations averaging 7-8 minutes.

The Intel® Drone Light Show Classic flight time is about 8 minutes with custom animations averaging 4-5 min.

There are options to prolong the drone light show and animation time. Intel® Drone Light Show Premium provides options for longer shows and limitless show times. Please contact us and an Intel sales rep will engage with you.

The answer differs by country and depends on the regulation set by aviation authorities. In the US, the height is 400 feet above ground level. If it is necessary to fly higher to optimize the display for the audience or to avoid obstructions, Intel may consider requesting some waivers or exceptions. We have flown up to 1,000 feet, or just over 300 meters.

The pricing packages listed on the website indicate the starting price for the stated number of drones for both Intel® Drone Light Show Premium and Intel® Drone Light Show Classic offerings. Shipment cost, travel, and lodging for the Intel operations team, and infrastructure build-out are additive to the list price.

The space needed is based on which of our drone light show systems is being utilized—Classic or Premium—and the number of drones desired for the drone light show. Intel® Drone Light Show Premium takes up about 30% less space on average. At a minimum, the site space for an Intel® Drone Light Show Premium will be about 17M x 26M and the site space for an Intel® Drone Light Show Classic will be about 25m x 45m. Secured fencing is needed around the launch area. The minimum airspace required is 340m x 300m, which includes a double geo-fence and exclusion zones for safety.

Intel adheres to rules and regulations set forth by aviation authorities. Generally, aviation authorities do not allow for flights over people.

Once we understand your location and airspace, we will work with you to acquire the necessary permits and authorization to fly the drone light show for your event. In cases where the desired site is not possible, Intel will work with you on other location options that would be more favorable to getting the necessary aviation permits.

The Intel® Shooting Star drones are designed specifically for drone light shows. Therefore, they don’t carry anything other than LEDs to light up the sky. There are no cameras or other sensors that capture or store data.

Absolutely! In addition to synching our drone light show to audio tracks, we have also worked with live orchestras, recording artists in concert, and more.

Intel® Drone Light Shows have been incorporated into other elements of live entertainment. We have performed drone light shows alongside pyrotechnics, fireworks, laser lights, 3D projection mapping, music by live orchestras, and in concerts and music festivals with live recording artists.

Intel has a very successful track record of acquiring aviation permits globally. We have performed drone light shows in over 20 countries across North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia. 

The number of drones in a given light show can vary based on the complexity of the animations, the airspace that is available to work within, and ultimately the budget and desired experience. Intel recommends a minimum of 200 drones. An Intel Sales rep is happy to partner with you to help find a solution that works for you.

We operate according to the rules and regulations set by aviation authorities. Typically, aviation authorities do not allow for drone flights over roads and moving vehicles. If it is necessary to fly over roads, we will work with the client and local authorities to block or close off the roads during show time.

Yes, we have performed shows over bodies of water, and we have even launched drones from platforms over the water.