Intel is at it again. On May 4, Intel released a video showing 100 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the sky – piloted by one person – in Palm Springs, CA.
The company received a Section 333 exemption to allow multiple UAVs to be operated by a single pilot, the first of its kind, from the Federal Aviation Administration. The drones were made by Ascending Technologies, which is owned by Intel.
And Intel isn’t stopping at 100. In the future, the company wants to up the ante and make it 1,000 drones flying simultaneously. Can you imagine hundreds of whirring drones in the sky at once? It’s likely.
Big things are happening with Intel: the first FAA-approved flight with multiple drones controlled by a single pilot, CEO Brian Krzanich is the chairman of the FAA’s newly formed drone advisory committee, and the company is moving away from personal computers.
In case you managed to miss it, in November 2015 Intel got in the Guinness Book of Records with a 100 drone extravaganza accompanied by a symphony orchestra near Hamburg, Germany. This time, I suspect they set an FAA record with a 333 exemption for 100 drones in Palm Springs. Both pretty great shows.
So inquiring minds want to know – is this how Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO and Michael Huerta, FAA drone boss met and decided to form the Drone Advisory Committee?