That's a kangaroo, formed by formation-flying quadcopters at the Ars Electronica conference in Linz, Austria. (Before you get too excited, these are AscTec Hummingbirds and each one of those "pixels" in the picture cost $5,000). From sUASNews:

Twitter user Eva Shindling @evsccc recently posted a Kangaroo in the sky above Linz, Austria flown as part of the ARS Electronica 2013 festival.

The team from the Ars Electronica Futurelab are doing amazing things with multirotors what will they come up with next!


The show was carried out by AscTec Hummingbird quadrocopters produced by German manufacturer Ascending Technologies. The small electric helicopters, weigh less than 2kg. They have an on-board GPS module, with which they can autonomously find and hold their position. Software developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab commands formation changes. With their small LED bulbs as payload, the quadrocopters can form dynamically any figures in the night sky.

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Comment by Oliver on September 16, 2013 at 2:11pm

They are offering the team for events now, basically commercializing their system.

For $15 we will provide a piece of paper with 30 holes in the locations of your choice, a flashlight, and a kazoo.

Comment by Ian on September 16, 2013 at 4:24pm

@Martiijn, @Chris Anderson

The original GRASP Labs quadcopters did use the AscTech frames, they have since moved away from those now and are promoting "complete" systems via Kmel Robotics.

Everything was mostly COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) when they got started, and then they began to manufacture each system with their own design.


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