Guinness World Records reports that a new drone record was set on December 18, 2020 when EFYI Group and Tianjin University (China) created a drone animation with 600 drones and won the record title for “Longest Unmanned Aircraft Animation” over time 26 minutes 19 seconds.
The animation on the theme of Vincent Van Gogh contained scenes from the artist’s life and produced 12 frames per second in accordance with the recording guidelines for “animation”. While it was a stunning visual story, the achievement is more significant to the drone industry – it demonstrates the capabilities of the drone fleet.
The drones used were the “Agile Bee II” with a flight time of 38 minutes. The small plane weighs 1.45 kg and has a speed of 10 miles per second. Guinness World Records advises that achieving the longest animation recording will test the capabilities of cluster control systems, drone and ground station transmission, signal transmission, and safety. These technologies all have the potential to add great value to the commercial drone industry well beyond drone animation.
“From a technical point of view, we use high-precision positioning technology to achieve positioning at the centimeter level, and secondly our synchronization technology after the aircraft has fled to achieve a synchronized coordinated action for several aircraft,” quoted Guinness Zhao Shilei, product director at the EFYI Group.
The longest animation record follows a current record for most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the air at the same time. The record was set by Shenzhen Damoda Intelligent Control Technology Co., Ltd. (China) in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, and now has 3,051 drones in the air at the same time. The recording was demonstrated with another light show: however, it also has greater relevance for commercial or military applications as the operators demonstrate the technology to operate thousands of drones in perfect formation.
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