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Though the 4th of July has already passed, and the fireworks explosions have already been displayed, how about for next year we use drones instead? Firework shows have become a lot less popular over the years, mainly because of the noise and pollution they create, as well as their negative effects on wildlife and people with PTSD. Due to these factors and many more, the drone light shows are perfectly suited to fill this empty hole in our hearts.

Drone “light shows” are performed by illuminated, synchronized, and choreographed groups of drones that arrange themselves into various aerial formations. Almost any image can be recreated in the sky by a computer program that turns graphics into flight commands and communicates them to the drones. In recent years, drone shows have become increasingly popular and were used in prominent events all around the world

Creating a system that can be flown safely requires a lot of clever engineering explains the inner workings of a drone show thusly: “The process for creating a show is quite straightforward. First, the design team creates a storyboard timeline showing the desired images and effects. These looks are then animated in a specialized piece of software that translates them into synchronized flight paths for each drone, and usually, a soundtrack is created to accompany the show. Complete shows are sent to the drones via radio signal from a ground control station operated by a pilot. When the pilot is satisfied that everything is safe and ready to go, the show starts, and the drones take off to draw the storyboard in the sky”.