Quadcopter Swarm over London for Star Trek - Into Darkness

As a harbinger for the Paramount film “Star Trek – Into Darkness”, starting in May in Europe’s cinemas, last night a swarm of 30 mini-helicopters equipped with the LED lights drew the Star Trek logo into the skies over London. The choreography for the show was developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab from Linz (Austria). Quadrocopter maker Ascending Technologies GmbH from Munich (Germany) provided the aircrafts.

30 LED-equipped mini-helicopters, for its four rotors also called quadrocopters, started last night to a spectacular show: They drew the Star Trek logo into the night sky over the city of London. Film producer Paramount had commissioned the flying light sculpture.


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Comment by Carl La France on March 24, 2013 at 8:06am

That is spectacular ! if it  was Bat Man there would be a bat logo in the sky the speed they trans form from one shape to the other is impressive you are always on the leading edge Gary! Thumbs up

Comment by Patrick Egan on March 24, 2013 at 8:30am

And we keep hearing how the U.S. is leading the way. Excellent positive exposure for small unmanned aircraft systems!

Comment by Crasher on March 24, 2013 at 8:39am

I am soooo gutted I missed this It's on my doorstep :(

Comment by Carl La France on March 24, 2013 at 8:50am

@ Crasher the movie is not coming out until may check around they might do it again.

Comment by Rainer Keller on March 24, 2013 at 1:27pm

one of the coolest things you can do with multicopter

Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 24, 2013 at 3:37pm

Pretty good GPS & barometer modules.

Comment by Jason Short on March 24, 2013 at 4:18pm

I'm sure it's not using GPS or Baro. It's using their homebrew radio positioning system.



Comment by MarcS on March 24, 2013 at 6:14pm

Jason, watching both videos I think its unlikely they used this system for the London flight.

Looked like normally flying Asctec quadrotor precision.. (which is quite good)

Some arguments...

- Precision was (sadly) not so good (see the moving around.. typical GPS)

- Quite high altitude, so the radio system would have needed a huge extend on the ground

- London: I would guess much radio interference (would be interesting to know what they used for com, anyway)

Some years ago the idea was suggested by MIT: http://senseable.mit.edu/flyfire/

Looks like someone else was faster, but shows the potential...

Comment by Carl La France on March 24, 2013 at 6:42pm

Maby they used the Russian GLONASS satellite system that is far superior to GPS  The GLONASS system has been just recently up graded the guys in the Vis asta group use it in Moscow on their Quads and get 15 locked satellites GPS is crap on that side of the world The Russians have been spending 1/3 of their aerospace budget yearly since 2000 up grading the system and got full world coverage in 2010  they have been sending the satellites up 3 at a time  . (found out Trolling the Russian Site Vis asta is a internet service provider for corporate Russia and it's internet cafes  Like Rogers Bell or Tellus here The guy Victor is a researcher and software developer for them) }Awsome light show ! Have a Great day!

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on March 24, 2013 at 10:16pm

I wonder how they convinced the CAA...


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