Behind the scenes of Park Puy du Fou, between actors in period costume and horses, also lurks a fleet of drones. Wonderful spectacle already saw 2.2 million viewers and cost 3 mln euro in development.
At the night show in the vendean Park Puy du Fou, 2nd theme park in France (2.2 million visitors in 2016), involves a couple of drones. The Neopters have been designed by the Nantes company Pixiel (22 employees), drones specialist and solutions for professionals.
On June 4, for the première of the summer, a new generation of Neopters made his appearance in the show invested EUR 3 million over two years to develop the fleet to the needs of the show sound and lights of the Park. More stable, responsive and robust, the Neopters ensure a choreography synchronized drone at 60 meters in height. Invisible to the Viewer, they raise bright sets two pounds for 15 minutes and less than 150 meters from the public.
Specific authorization from the DGAC
With a structure in carbon, the fleet is able to fly in weather conditions degraded as the wind, extreme temperatures or in the rain. The choreography is done automatically, after the outbreak of the system by the teams of the Puy du Fou by a simple button “start & go”. Licensed by the Directorate-General of civil aviation, the Neopter has received specific authorization to fly, fleet before 14 000 spectators each night. This in fact the first fleet of drone
To meet the challenge of the Bishop of Puy, Pixiel has mobilized a team of ten engineers, specialists in electronics, embedded software, mechatronics, design. These new developments have helped the vendean Park of four global patent. “Our engineering R & D department is already working on new projects, in close partnership with the Puy of the crazy International management which sees in this technological revolution, new perspectives in the world of global entertainment,” says Moïse Rogez, the CEO of Pixiel.