What Is a Drone Show and How Does It Work?

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As one of the most exhilarating, prominent digital art forms showcasing pre-programmed patterns, drone shows occupy the dark sky, captivating audiences worldwide.

Drone shows have the ability to take storytelling to a magnified level that has never been achieved before through the use of these new technologies.

But piecing together these jaw-dropping drone shows can be challenging. Before a drone fleet is capable of taking off, extensive planning, synchronisation, and testing are crucial.

Innovating drone displays that push the limits of our business is nothing new for Celestial, and our desire is to awe audiences with our blood, sweat and tears. As a result, we’ve developed a strategy that assures that we can deliver on short notice while continuously evaluating the potential of drone technology.

So, What is a Drone Show?


It’s a drone art performance in which hundreds of illuminated drones are flown in formation to produce visuals and patterns in the sky.

These drones may create any design as long as it has been pre-programmed using the appropriate software.

It would be chaotic and hard to control each drone with hundreds or thousands of pilots. But only 1 or 2 drone pilots are required thanks to our programming, AI, and 3D modelling, which ensures perfect coordination.

This is a unique and creative way to experience art, and it’s a fantastic substitute for conventional fireworks shows.

How Does a Drone Show Work?


A drone light show’s success depends on several variables. It includes the drone’s design and the algorithms that direct them along their precisely determined flight patterns.

The drone show’s longest stage is the mission planning phase.

Choreographing the motion of hundreds of drones might take anywhere from a couple of weeks to months.
Exclusive algorithms and 3D animation tools are used during mission planning. Flight planning teams can design the ideal paths for each drone using specially developed algorithms. Then, smooth out and establish the most appropriate flight routes. This often happens through an iterative process.

Our clients may see what the show will look like from various perspectives thanks to our patented software, which enables the virtual display to be viewed from multiple angles.

Then, before the programme is formally locked in and we begin production, they get one more opportunity to provide comments.

After the approval, we travel to our headquarters, where we take the animation, fly it, inspect it, and perform simulations before flying it.

Our virtual collision avoidance simulations are one of the most critical testing features. This is a crucial step in the process because our 300 drones incur significant expense and risk with each flight.

We determine whether a collision will occur by virtually flying the show if a collision occurs while testing, we return to the animation and make adjustments.

How Much Does A Drone Show Cost?


The price of a drone show can vary from $150,000 to over $1,000,000 depending on the number of drones being implemented and how complex the performance is.

Depending on your budget, the audience size, the location available to perform the show, and the choreography, the number of drones required for an artistic display might range from 10 to hundreds or thousands.

What Type of Drone Shows Can You Have?


Computer software can virtually reproduce any image in the sky by converting pictures into flying orders and transmitting them to drones.

This could be as small as a company logo to a rotating earth globe in the sky. The limit is endless.

In our previous projects, we lit up the sky after Manchester City FC won the Premier League, using 300 drones to celebrate the victory.

Another breathtaking project that we are proud to share is the Melbourne New Year 2022.

Celestial commemorated the momentous occasion as Melbourne escaped from the world’s longest lockdown with a drone display that tries to reflect on a challenging year and inspire unwavering optimism for the future. First Nations art and prize-winning poetry are among the talents tapped into the first-ever Celestial Australia drone show.

You can discover the various types of breathtaking drone shows we offer here.

We also have more exciting and innovative projects on our website to watch.



The sky’s the limit when it comes to drone storytelling, and Celestial is in the forefront of challenging the boundaries with ever-ambitious drone art exhibitions.

With each and every one of our projects, we hope to rekindle amazement in viewers, rekindle their connection to the night sky’s stars, and bring people together.

Learn more about Celestial drone shows, check out our FAQs here.

Please get in touch if you’d like to learn more about how our drone art shows work or would like to work with us.

In a crowded world, tell your story in the sky.