Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Guinness World Record for drone flight broken in Xi'an
Drones are no longer just a tool of the military or business, or a toy for people to fly around. They're becoming a tool for art and entertainment, too.
On April 28, 1,374 drones hovered over the ancient city wall of Xi'an, China to stage a spectacular light show. It was recognized as a Guinness World Record for the "Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously. Each drone was equipped with differential GPS sensors and controllers, and the movements were directed by codes programmed into the controllers.
Though not all the drones didn’t fly as flawlessly as planned as some of them were disorganized and went out of sync, the show was no less spectacular than any large-scale firework display. It was in fact much safer and more environmentally friendly than fireworks because it produced no fire or air-polluting smog.
Enjoy watching this modern aerial show over the ancient wall in China.