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300 Drones Used In Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Halftime Show

By Jose Paolo Calcetas , Feb 07, 2017 07:35 AM EST

Lady Gaga, dubbed as one of the most innovative artists of her generation, stunned not only hundreds of thousands of Superbowl fans in Texas but also more than 160 million viewers all over the world. In this year’s halftime show, the singer-composer opened her number in the rooftop of the NGR Stadium in Houston singing ‘God bless America’ while 300 Intel-powered drones created images of the American flag and other formations. Experts said that this innovation, which is part of the Intel Shooting Star drone system, indicates that drones have a ‘bright future ahead’ and may definitely serve other purposes as it develops in the years ahead.

Prior to this year’s Superbowl, Intel’s Shooting Star Drone squad has already been used at Disney World for a three-week run. Also last year, Intel has also tapped more than 500 synchronized drones flew in Sydney. This set a very specific world record for “most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.”

Technical Details Of Drones

According to Wired, each of the drones used measures about one-foot long square. It weighs a little over eight ounces and is softened by plastic and foam body that minimizes inadvertent impacts. Compared to consumer quadcopters, these drones are not as sophisticated and complicated to operate because they should not be noticed in the first place. Moreover, these drones can create four billion color combinations through their onboard LEDs. Their aerial formations are manipulated through meticulous coding.

Controling Drones

Drones can be controlled by remote control. It comes in different sizes depending on its use. The larger ones are called Predator drones which are used for military purposes. On the other hand, smaller drones are used for taking aerial shots, for other purposes.CNN  also reported that Lady Gaga needed to get a special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency banned drones inside or within the stadium's premises. 

Netizens from all over the world posted on the internet how amazed they were with the synchronized drones during Lady Gaga’s Performance. If combined, fans' love for the singer has already translated to more than a hundred millions views of her performance on social media. Experts are even predicting that the performance of Lady Gaga with the drones might be the newest trend in performing arts in the near future.

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