image courtesy Verge Aero
Verge Aero has emerged as a leader in the emerging drone show sector, providing drone light shows and the sophisticated drone light show software needed to create spectacles around the world. Drone light shows are a fascinating use for drones – but they’re also an incredible demonstration of drone swarm technology: the software programs large numbers of drones to be programmed to fly in formations.
As established experts in drone swarm technology, Verge Aero recently provided its expertise to the History Channel’s Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigations.
“The show follows Luis ‘Lue’ Elizondo – former director of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), the secretive Pentagon unit that studied UFOs – as he investigates reports of unexplained aerial phenomena,” says a press release.
“Elizondo met Verge Aero’s experts to find out more about its proprietary drone swarm technology, and consider whether this kind of technology could give rise to UFO sightings. Could advanced drones – designed to deliver entertainment light shows – form seemingly ‘solid’ objects in the sky, and move in the ways that witnesses have reported?” says the press release.
The answer would appear to be yes. For the show, Verge Aero flew a swarm of drones to demonstrate their formation capabilities. “The flight attracted onlookers who pulled off the nearby road to figure out what was happening in the deserted New Jersey field. When interviewed, some said they had thought they were seeing a UFO.”
Elizondo concluded, “These things are maneuvering so precisely in the air that the eye actually believes there’s a solid object that is holding these points of light together. And as we saw with just average Americans citizens on the road… the first thing they thought was: ‘My God, that’s a UFO!’.”
“We’re always happy to have an opportunity to educate people about drone technology and its capabilities,” says Verge Aero’s CEO Nils Thorjussen. “For those who haven’t seen a drone show before, it could certainly cause confusion! That’s just one reason why it’s essential for drone fleet operators to follow the protocols established by aviation authorities and operate in a safe and responsible manner.”
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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