Lady Gaga’s drone swarm highlights rising registration for unmanned aircraft

A synchronized swarm of 300 drones lighted up the night sky behind Lady Gaga, morphing into an American flag as she recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime light show — prerecorded to comply with prohibitions on flying drones over people — was choreographed by Intel Corp. It provided a dramatic backdrop for the performance and also illustrated the ways large companies are embracing unmanned aircraft in sometimes unexpected ways.

The registration of drones used for business has gone from a trickle to a flood. Only a handful were listed in the Federal Aviation Administration’s aircraft registration database a few years ago. That number swelled to 6,683 as of the end of 2016, according to agency records analyzed by Bloomberg …

Bloomberg (via Cedar Rapids Gazette) | Feb. 5, 2017

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