300 drones create aerial light show at Balloon Fiesta

NEW THIS YEAR, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF DRONE ADVERTS CREATED A LIGHT SHOW. LE SOLEIL BRINGS US AN EXCLUSIVE STORY WITH THE COMPANY THAT CREATED THE DRONE LIGHT SHOW. IN THE DARK AT BALLOON FIESTA PARK. THERE WAS AS I WAS ASKED AROUND WHO WAS AN AERIAL DRONE SHOW BRINGING COLOR TO THE EARLY MORNING SKY. ON THE DRONE SHOWING SPECTATORS WHY ALBUQUERQUE IS A HOT AIR BALLOON CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. ALSO DISPLAYING SYMBOLS OF HIS STATE FROM THE NEW MEXICO STATE FLAG TO OUR STATE BIRD, THE ROADRUNNER, AND EVEN SOME MARIACHI HATS AND INSTRUMENTS. YES. KOAT GOT AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT DRONES. WE HAVE THE LED, WHICH YOU CAN SEE HERE, LIKE 2 TO 3 MILES. OWEN SCHNEIDER, CHIEF PILOT OF VERGE ARROW, THE COMPANY CREATING THE DRONE LIGHT SHOW, SAYS IT’S AWESOME TO FLY HUNDREDS OF ROBOTS AND TAKE NICE PICTURES IN THE SKY. THE FIRST SHOW WE DID HERE, THE DRONES ARE GOING UP AND SUDDENLY YOU HEAR JUST GAS FROM THE CROWD. YOU’RE LIKE, OH, I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. HE SAYS THE DRONE LIGHT SHOW IS DESIGNED ON A TIMELINE SIMILAR TO VIDEO EDITING, SO IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE. EVERY DRONE HAS LIKE A PREDETERMINED FLIGHT PATH, SO IT JUST FOLLOWS A LINE THROUGH THE SKY, GOING FROM POINT A TO POINT B TO POINT C AS IT FLYS. EACH DRONE HAS FOUR SPELLERS AND MOTORS. SO THIS IS THE INSIDE OF THE DRONE. WE HAVE THE GPS ANTENNA ABOVE AND IT NEEDS AN ENTIRE FLEET TO PUT THE PERFORMANCE IN PLACE. VERGE ARROW, THE COMPANY THAT PRODUCES THE DRONE LIGHT SHOW, BROUGHT 300 OF THESE GUYS TO CREATE A CAPTIVE WAITING EXPERIENCE WHILE BALLOONS ARE WEATHER SENSITIVE, DRONES, NO LESS. SO WE WERE STILL ABLE TO FLY THE SHOWS IN CERTAIN WEATHER CONDITIONS, EVEN WHEN OTHER THINGS CANNOT CONTINUE. SO PEOPLE CAN ALWAYS SEE AN AWESOME SHOW. EVEN IF THE YELLOW FLAG IS UP AND BALLOONS MUST STAY DOWN, DRONES CAN STILL FILL OUR SKIES WITH SHAPES AND COLORS. RELATING TO KOAT ACTION 7 CHOOSE THE NEXT AIR DRONE SHOW WILL BE THIS THURSDAY AT 7:45 PM IT IS ALSO SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY MORNING AND SATURDAY

300 drones create aerial light show at Balloon Fiesta

KOAT spoke exclusively with the chief pilot of the company that designed the drone light show

Dawn Patrol is normally the first event each morning of the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. New this year, a drone light show welcomed spectators to kick off the 50th anniversary. Balloon Fiesta organizers pulled out all the stops to celebrate the golden anniversary of the world’s largest hot air balloon event, bringing in hundreds of drones. KOAT spoke exclusively with the chief pilot of Verge Aero, the company that designed the drone’s light show. said that designing the drone light show is not as complicated as it looks. “Our whole philosophy with drone shows is that you shouldn’t have to be a computer genius or a tech savvy to be able to fly or create a drone show,” Schnieder said. The show is created on a timeline, similar to video. editing. “Each drone has a predetermined flight path. It just follows the line across the sky going to point A, point B, point C as it flies,” Schnieder said. Three hundred drones were brought to Balloon Fiesta by Verge Aero, including as some backup if some fail. Each drone is equipped with LED lights, four propellers and motors and a GPS antenna. While hot air balloons are sensitive to weather conditions, drones can handle mother nature better. “We’re still able to fly the shows in certain increasing weather conditions, even if other things couldn’t go on. People could still see an awesome show,” Schnieder said. Even though hot air balloons stay on the ground, drones can still fill the sky with all shapes and colors if the wind is below 15 mph. 8, at 5:45 a.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at 5:45 a.m.

Dawn Patrol is normally the first event each morning of the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. New this year, a drone light show welcomed spectators to kick off the 50th anniversary.

Balloon Fiesta organizers pulled out all the stops to celebrate the golden anniversary of the world’s largest hot air balloon event, bringing in hundreds of drones.

KOAT spoke exclusively with the chief pilot of Aero Yard the company that designed the drone light show.

“It’s pretty awesome to fly hundreds of robots in the sky and make some pretty pictures,” said Owen Schnieder, Verge Aero’s chief pilot.

He said designing the drone light show isn’t as complicated as it looks.

“Our whole philosophy with drone shows is that you shouldn’t have to be a computer genius or a tech savvy to be able to fly or create a drone show,” Schnieder said.

The show is created on a timeline, similar to video editing.

“Each drone has a predetermined flight path. It just follows the line across the sky going to point A, point B, point C as it flies,” Schnieder said.

Three hundred drones were brought to Balloon Fiesta by Verge Aero, including as backups if some fail. Each drone is equipped with LED lights, four propellers and motors and a GPS antenna.

While hot air balloons are sensitive to weather conditions, drones can handle mother nature better.

“We’re still able to fly the shows in certain increasing weather conditions, even if other things couldn’t go on. People could still see an awesome show,” Schnieder said.

Even though hot air balloons stay on the ground, drones can still fill the sky with all shapes and colors if the wind is below 15 mph.

The aerial drone show will:

  • Thursday, October 6 at 7:45 p.m.
  • Friday, October 7 at 7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8 at 5:45 a.m. and again at 7:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9 at 5:45 a.m.