Ehang One Thousand Drone Swarm Sets World Record
1,000 drones took off to light up the night sky of the traditional Lantern Festival in Guangzhou, China. The drones flew in various formations such as Chinese characters of ‘Blessing,’ ’Lantern Festival,’ and the map of China. The performance set a Guinness World Record with the biggest number of drones involved.
The formation was not as dynamic as those from Ascending Technologies but is still quite amazing. In the 15-minute show they formed the Chinese character “福,” which means blessings; the map of China and 1000 to let us know how many of them there were.
Traditionally, the Chinese celebrate the end of the new year, which takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month, with a lantern festival. The southern city Guangzhou went for drones instead this year.
The drones took off from the square by Guangzhou Tower, operated by remote control. They flew as high as 120 meters during the show while the Yellow River Piano Concerto, which first premiered during Mao Zedong’s reign, played over loudspeakers.
The Guinness Book of records had people on hand to award eHang the record. A top achievement eHang and certainly one way of keeping to keep up with that other big Chinese brand.
eHang are of course the company slated to bring us Uber-style drone taxis. The E-184 has become the media poster boy for manned multi rotors or flying car as most pundits would have it.
From an outside perspective, it seems like Ehang created this 1,000 drone swarm in order to get themselves into the drone lime light, and not to try and edge Intel out of the race to be the top drone swarm manufacturer—at least not outside of China.