The Shooting Star light show was pre-recorded, just like Lady Gaga's American flag, but that's because Pyeongchang can get very cold and very windy. Neither of those conditions are great for drone performance. Further, while Intel initially planned to also put on a live performance during the ceremony, the city's weather on-the-ground logistical issues forced the company to cancel the show. However, the company is planning on doing smaller-scale, 300-drone shows during the medal ceremonies and it has tweaked the Shooting Star's design a little in order to accommodate South Korea's weather conditions. The rotor cages were changed for more stability in high winds and the drones were tested in Finland prior to the Games in order to make sure they could function in low temperatures. For the remainder of the Olympic Games, Intel will have weather monitoring and air traffic stations determining whether the drone shows can go ahead, Wired reports. So while they may not happen every night, there's a good chance you'll get to see a few light shows if you're watching the Winter Olympics. Update: An Intel spokesperson informed us that the live opening ceremony drone show was cancelled due to logistical issues, not Pyeongchang's weather as was initially reported. They said that there are many factors that go into a drone performance of this size and the team decided not to proceed with the live version.
The spectacular sight of 1,218 drones forming the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics was pre-recorded. Organisers had said that because of "possible freezing weather and strong winds" that part of the event had been "secretly pre-recorded". The International Olympic Committee said it was this footage that was used. "Due to impromptu logistical changes it (drone deployment) did not proceed," said an IOC spokesman. The feat was a Guinness World Record for drones used in a performance.