Drones front and center at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Drones are being utilized in a wide range of capacities at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. These small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs or drones, are an exciting technology with an ever-growing list of possible applications. During the Winter Olympic Games these include, torch carrier, security protector, camera carrier, and opening ceremony show star.

Carrying the Olympic Torch

Carrying the Olympic torch in a relay across the country is an honor and a privilege usually given to athletes, celebrities, and other select people. For PyeongChang 2018, it also included a drone. See the above video : Source YouTube/The Korea Herald. The torch-bearing drone was seen carrying the Olympic flame through central Seoul on January 13, 2018.

Protecting the Event Venues

Another task that has been given drones is helping to protect around the Olympic event venues. This includes utilizing “drone-catching drones,” a drone technology that includes a drone deploying some sort of net to “catch” a rogue drone that invades one of the designed off-limit areas around the events. Reported in a Hankyoreh posted article, all areas near Olympic venues are no-fly zones and in the event a drone approaches one of these areas, a radar developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology will hopefully detect the rogue drone so that radio signal-jamming guns can bring it down, or drone-catching drones can catch it, or be shot down by special forces agents in helicopters.

Here is an example of the drone catching technology being tested by the Japan police agency.

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Drone Light Show

Intel’s drone show during the opening ceremony of PyeongChang 2018 set a new Guinness World Record for the most drones flying simultaneously, with 1,218 Intel Shooting Star drones lighting up the night sky above the games. Intel Olympic Drone Fact Sheet
Winter 2018 Olympics Drone Show Image: Intel Corporation

Intel’s previous record of 500 drones flown was in Germany in 2016.

The Intel Shooting Star drones have been used several times thus far to provide spectacular light-in-the-sky shows … including at the fountains of Bellagio during CES 2018.

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