Mini-Drones Form Star Trek Logo Over London

On Saturday night, to mark Earth Hour and simultaneously plug the upcoming instalment in the film franchise, 30 mini-drones formed the Star Trek insignia beside Tower Bridge.

The ‘drones’, actually LED quadrocopters, were positioned above Potters Field Park in the shape of the Starfleet badge. At 8.30pm the LEDs dimmed, along with the lights on Tower Bridge, before re-illuminating an hour later.

It’s the second time Star Trek: Into Darkness has used London as a marketing prop; a poster released last year showed Benedict Cumberbatch standing before what appeared to be a ruined version of our city, circa the 23rd century. The film is released in the UK on 9 May.

Anyway, here’s a video of the stunt:

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  • Simon Williams

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that Star Trek: Into Darkness has previously used London “as a marketing prop”; London plays a big part in the film so of course it will feature on the poster!

  • Martin Ballantine

    It didn’t happen did it? No moving images of said drones?? Complete con or am I mad?

    • Gary Williams

      No way did this happen, It would have been all over twitter.

  • cathymaca

    Couldn’t those things cut you up bad with those unprotected props whirling round?

    • hikingmike

      If they are like most quadracopters I’ve seen, they are really light and pretty weak. Pretty sure if it hit you it would just stop spinning. Only danger is if it poked you in the eye maybe.

  • hikingmike

    I would love to know if these were formation flying by checking each others’ position or they just put in some fixed coordinates for each. If the first, I’ve seen that before and it’s awesome, is it openly available?