Thunder Over Louisville debuts new drone technology for drone light show

A new type of drone is being unveiled as part of this year’s Thunder Over Louisville drone show.
Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 4:46 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2023 at 5:39 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A new type of drone is being unveiled as part of this year’s Thunder Over Louisville drone show, according to the Kentucky Derby Festival.

The Thunder Over Louisville drone show, powered by LG&E, is produced by Great Lakes Drone Company and features drones designed and assembled entirely within the United States, according to a release.

This year, the new ARORA Light Show Drone will debut within Thunder Over Louisville.

“We’re hoping to take everybody there that’s at Thunder through a journey of the decades in the sky, both with music and shapes and everything,” Great Lakes Drone Company and Starlight Aerial Productions CEO Matthew Quinn said. “Not only hitting some of the history of Thunder, but also just hitting some of the national history and pop culture history through the decades as our performance.”

”You’ll be able to see the drone show from miles around,” Lumenier General Manager Chris Beckman said. “We actually, you know have people pulling over on the highway, six, seven miles away because they can see the drone from that distance.”

“One of the coolest things is, not only do we get to here the crowd and we get to see everything that’s going on, but the reflection off the water that you see from all these bright lights and everything and stuff while we are doing the performance just adds a whole other visual element,” Quinn said.

The company said the ARORA features the brightest LED lights and offers unique flight capabilities to synchronize with music and sound.

“Louisville is home to a vibrant community and enthusiastic audiences making it ideal to showcase our new technology in aerial entertainment,” Great Lakes Drone Company said in a release.

Thunder Over Louisville takes place on April 22 and can be seen live on WAVE.

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