Drone Software Defies Imagination
Written by Lucy Black   
Sunday, 18 April 2021

The Guinness World Record for the number of UAVs - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones - airborne simultaneously has been broken again. Watch the spectacle and consider the programming effort that must have been involved.

We are perhaps getting a bit blase about night-time drone displays as a lovely alternative to fireworks. But just as a fireworks display requires meticulous planning and execution, so does a drone display and while we have sometimes reported that it's an app that controls the display, have you ever stopped to consider the lines of code it must entail and how synchronicity is achieved?


The latest World Record was set on 29 March 2021 in Shanghai - yes that's China yet again. According to the Guinness World Record:

A total of 3,475 UAVs participated in the attempt, but 194 were disqualified. 150 UAVs failed to take-off and the rest were unable to return successfully. 

A failure rate of 5.6% isn't bad going and over three-quarters of the failures were presumably dead-on-arrival hardware faults since they didn't take off. 

Now look at the complexity of the display in this video which is just a fraction of the entire show:

In addition to the Genesis logo there are two distinct models for the range, a hand and a double helix - all part of the story of "The Genesis of Genesis". 


Whereas the new world record was all about raising awareness for the Genesis brand of cars it was just launching in China and as such represents a novel form of advertising, the record that it beat, consisting of 3,051 UAVs, was achieved in October 2020 in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China by Shenzhen Damoda Intelligent Control Technology Co Ltd, a firm which presumably wanted to demonstrate its prowess at controlling drones. The display is again stunning and the number of people involved and their excitement at its successful execution suggests that the feat is indeed a significant one. 


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Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously

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