Drones are a hot-topic right now, so hot in fact that TIME magazine has put 958 of them on its latest cover.
A fleet of Intel Shooting Star drones were employed for the shoot, replicating the magazine’s iconic masthead and red border by flying in perfect formation above California. The quadcopters were specifically designed by Intel for light shows and, back in 2016, 500 of them set the new Guinness World Record for the “Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously”. Since then, they’ve featured in the Super Bowl live performance by Lady Gaga and the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which became the largest drone show in the history of the world with 1,218 of them in use.
For this specific task, Intel worked closely with Astraeus Aerial Cinema Systems and L.A. Drones to make sure everything was perfect, programming the placement of the vehicles on before sending them into the night sky. Check out the making-of video above.