How Much Does A Drone Light Show Cost?
Updated: Apr 20
You probably heard of drones aiding in search and rescue operations, delivering food and essentials to inaccessible locations, carrying blood and medical supplies to rural hospitals, inspecting bridges and dams for structural defects, etc. However, you might not have heard of drones being used purely for aesthetic purposes in the form of drone light shows, and even if you did, it would have only been very recently.
Drone light shows are pre-programmed choreographies performed by drone swarms that have been fitted with LEDs.
A short montage of Dronisos’ drone light shows — indoor and outdoor
“Every so often a video of one of our drone shows goes viral, and we receive tons of questions on how we perform our shows — from the technology to the artistry. However, the most asked question, and by a fair margin is ‘How much does it cost?’.”— Jean-Dominique Lauwereins, Co-Founder & CTO, Dronisos.
Dronisos is one of the few drone show providers that specialise in both indoor and outdoor shows. Our indoor drone shows can cost anywhere between €7,500 and €75,000, while our outdoor shows start at €40,000 and can go up to €250,000 and higher. We also have an option for permanent/recurring drone shows for theme parks, circuses, etc. These are tailor-made shows and the price will depend on the requirements.
Like with all new technologies, the cost of drone light shows will find its equilibrium as the technology matures in the coming years. Although the prices have dropped considerably over the past few years, they are still relatively expensive. So if you’re planning on painting the sky with a marriage proposal, that might have to wait a few more years :).
There are no fixed price brackets for drone light shows as every show is tailor-made specifically for a particular event. Many factors like the country hosting the show, whether the show is indoors or outdoors, and the overall budget are all taken into consideration when designing a show.
If you are wondering what is included in the price; here is what we provide:
choreography creation by our top international artists
up to 15 minutes of drone flight time (usually 10 to 12 minutes are visible)
3D simulations of the show and an interactive 3D viewer to view the show from all angles
multiple iterations with the client
a full rehearsal on our private airfield in France
a full rehearsal of the final show on location
the final show!
Of course, the usual additional costs like the team’s travel and accommodation, the shipping and logistics of the drones and the on-site infrastructure at the show location will have to be taken into consideration as well. Generally, between 100 and 500 square meters of secured land space is required to take off and land the drones depending on the size of the drone fleet.
We typically recommend 1 to 3 months of lead time to plan a show.
How many drones do you need?
The main factor driving the cost of a show up, is the number of drones involved. However, as each drone is, in essence, a pixel in the sky, the more drones you have, the more detail and higher resolution you can achieve.
Finding the right balance between an increased number of drones to cater to artistic demands and keeping the show within budget is a tightrope walk. At Dronisos we have a team of experts on hand to guide you through this process.
Watch the video below for a full simulation.
Where would you like to see the next drone light show performed? Do you have an event in mind? Is there a particular choreography you would like to see the drones perform? Please share your thoughts in the comments. We would love to hear your views on the subject.