Drones will go primetime tonight as they make history at the NFL Super Bowl Halftime Show. Featured recording artist Lady Gaga will be joined on stage by hundreds of illuminated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) lighting up the sky above NRG Stadium in Houston, according to published reports from CNN and Variety.
This event will mark the first time that UAS are used in a live major television broadcast, as well as the first time that drones will appear in the Super Bowl. The drone swarm has been granted approval to fly by the FAA which has created a temporary no-fly zone for UAS in a 34.5 mile radius around the stadium.
The UAS utilized will be Intel's Shooting Star GPS-controlled drones with advanced LED lights capable of making over 4 billion different color combinations. This same Intel system was previously used for an 8-week holiday light show engagement at Walt Disney World in Florida.
EDITOR'S NOTE (UPDATED 2/5/17 11:00 pm Eastern) - WIRED magazine is reporting that the drone portion of tonight's Super Bowl Halftime Show was actually taped early this week at the stadium.