Drone light show scrapped after logistical challenges at Olympics opening ceremony

Winter Olympics 2018 A united Korea lights up Pyeongchang's opening ceremony

Like the drones that flew at Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show, the record-breaking 1,218-drone flight wasn't live at the opening ceremony - it was pre-recorded in advance - although a smaller group of 300 drones did make a live appearance at the ceremony.

Evans told USA TODAY that the International Olympic Committee requested they scale back the number of drones for the live drone light show, and Intel agreed.

US viewers tuned in to a tape-delayed broadcast on Friday night that showed rehearsal footage from December, when Intel's light show broke the Guinness World Record for flying the most drones, 1,280, simultaneously.

A record-setting 1,218 drones shot into the sky and traveled to a nearby ski slope, first taking on the shape of a moving snowboarder and later rearranging themselves into the iconic interlocking five Olympic rings.

The drones are lightweight and are the only ones of their kind, built specifically for outdoor light shows, according to Intel.

The Winter Olympics 2018, taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, kicked off with a pre-recorded dramatic spectacle of 1,218 drones forming the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony.

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games is being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9 to 25.

The Winter Olympics rehearsal surpassed Intel's 2016 Guinness World Record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany. The drones were able to coordinate using a combination of precise coding and four billion color combination enabled by onboard LEDs. The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot. "But still, I do think the drone performance itself was very impressive".

Animators draw up 3-D design software of the image that they want to create. The performance also surpassed the 300-drone salute that was pre-recorded with Lady Gaga for Super Bowl LI previous year.

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