How Drone Light Shows use GPS RTK

Drone light shows have soared in popularity, enchanting audiences with their captivating displays of coordinated aerial movements and dazzling light effects. The magic behind these spectacles lies in drone technology advancements, specifically in the realm of GPS RTK.

Precision in Three Dimensions: The Power of GPS RTK

GPS RTK, or Global Positioning System Real-Time Kinematics, is a high-precision GPS technology that revolutionises the accurate positioning of objects in three-dimensional space. This groundbreaking technology utilises a network of ground-based reference stations to provide correction signals to GPS receivers, ensuring centimetre-level accuracy.

Enabling Precision Choreography

In the realm of Electric Airshows’ drone light shows, GPS RTK plays a pivotal role in facilitating precise formations and executing complex choreographies. Without this technology, achieving the required level of precision and synchronisation for a successful Drone Light Show would be virtually impossible.

Real-time Adjustments: A Game-Changing Feature

One of the key advantages of GPS RTK is its ability to provide real-time, accurate positioning information. In the dynamic environment of drone light shows, where drones must adjust their position and orientation on the fly to stay in formation and avoid collisions, this feature is indispensable. With GPS RTK, drones receive positioning updates up to 20 times per second, enabling rapid adjustments as needed.

Perfect Timing: Synchronising Movements with Precision

Another crucial aspect of GPS RTK is its contribution to precise timing information. In drone light shows, where split-second timing is imperative for creating a visually impactful experience, GPS RTK allows drones to synchronise their movements and light effects with unparalleled precision.

Complex Flight Paths and Choreographies

Beyond its precision and real-time capabilities, GPS RTK empowers the creation of intricate flight paths and choreographies that would be challenging or impossible to achieve with manual control. Show designers can program drones with precise GPS coordinates and flight paths, resulting in dynamic patterns that elevate the visual spectacle of the show.

Unleashing the Power of Multiplicity

GPS RTK facilitates the use of multiple drones in a single show, with each drone operating independently yet remaining perfectly synchronised with the others. This capability allows for the creation of large-scale shows involving hundreds or even thousands of drones, contributing to a breathtaking visual display.

Safety and Reliability: A Critical Consideration

In the grandeur of drone light shows, safety and reliability are paramount. GPS RTK enhances both by preventing collisions between drones and ensuring they stay within designated airspace. This is especially crucial in urban areas where safety concerns and regulatory requirements are more stringent.

A Bright Future for Drone Light Shows

GPS RTK stands as the cornerstone of Electric Airshows’ drone light shows. Through high-precision positioning and timing information, it enables the creation of intricate choreographies and synchronised light effects, captivating audiences worldwide. As drone technology continues to evolve, we anticipate witnessing even more stunning and innovative drone light shows that push the boundaries of this exciting technology.

Client testimonials

Electric Airshows integrated a Drone Light Show element to our fireworks and multimedia extravaganza, bringing a new creative medium to the skies above our venue.

Chris Carter, Merlin Entertainments

Working with Electric Airshows added a dynamic drone light show element to our private show, which alongside the fireworks and pyrotechnics created a new multi dimensional experience for our guests.

Jon Kellett, Starlight Design

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