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Light Painting with a Drone

Several fairly new technologies combine to make something pretty neat -Christmas lights in the sky! Ascending Technologies programmed a drone with LEDs to perform a precise dance in the air, while taking long-exposure photographs and video. You can see how long the exposure is by the movement of the stars in the picture above.

The Drone Light Painting Video is world’s first drone light painting project of that quality. For this purpose a high-tech drone mounted with a LED was controlled by the flight planning software AscTec Navigator. After some testing all the light painting flights could be performed quite quickly and fully automated.

Due to the excellent flight characteristics of the AscTec Falcon 8 it was possible to fly such complex lines through predefined waypoints as precise and to fly those flight paths several times with such accuracy.

Yeah, the finished products only exist in photographs and video, due to the necessary long exposure, but those are some impressive pictures. Read more about it, and see a video of the process in action at Ascending Technologies. -via mental_floss

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