IIT Delhi startup performs a drone light show at Djibouti Independence Day

Botlab Dynamics, the IIT Delhi incubated drone startup that lit up Raisina Hill skies this Beating Retreat with a dazzling 1,000-drone light show, organised a similar event in Djibouti for the East African country’s 45th independence day on June 26.

Indian drone ecosystem companies have started beating their much bigger international counterparts by following the time-tested Indian IT industry model — offering a better service or service at highly competitive prices.

“We competed with a French company for the event. Our quotation for organising an event with 800 drones matched the price offered by the French firm for a light show with 300 drones.

We are getting several inquiries for organising drone light shows in the UAE and Maldives. Globally it costs USD 4-5 lakh for organising such an event.”

Sarita Ahlawat, Co-Founder, Botlab Dynamics

The company says this was the largest drone light show to be held in Africa so far.

Apart from competitive costing, the Indian company could offer more formations (iterations as they are known technically) that the government of Djibouti liked. After emerging as the winning team, it sent 23 staffers from Delhi for the event.

The Beating Retreat drone show in Delhi where almost 30 iterations were created was witnessed by diplomats in India who had subsequently tweeted about the same due to which governments abroad got to know about the quality of the same.

A startup of two young IIT Delhi techies, Botlab Dynamics had dazzled onlookers at the grounds of their alma mater in one of the first drone light shows in the capital in September 2021.

A startup of two young IIT Delhi techies, Botlab Dynamics had dazzled onlookers at the grounds of their alma mater in one of the first drone light shows in the capital in September 2021.

A single computer on the ground controls these autonomous drones as they changed their colours, shades and shapes to create formations like tricolours, human DNA and a vessel.

All the three critical components of a drone — flight control (its “brain”), GPS for precision position and motor control to determine rotor spin — are indigenously made by Botlab. Drone light shows are usually 8-10 minutes long during which they create 6-8 formations at an altitude of 50 metres.

The recent Tokyo Olympics had a drone light show by Intel where our planet earth floated gently above through a formation of 1,824 premium drones.

Joe Biden-Kamal Harris victory was celebrated by a grand drone light show. Now Indian companies are getting on this bandwagon in a big way. Clearly, it’s time for lasers to make way for drone light shows as the new king of pyrotechnics.

(With Inputs from The Times of India)

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