If you like fireworks then you will love to view these videos:
Roman Candle Fireworks shooting at hydrogen balloons, stand back.
DIY RC Cargo plane vs fireworks barrage.
Starwars like fireworks shooting dual pipes.
GoPro footage from a drone going into smoke, fire, and sparks.
Warning, do not try it yourself: https://www.wired.com/2015/07/youre-thinking-flying-drone-fireworks/
Using your own airborne camera: https://www.consumerreports.org/robots-drones/can-you-record-fireworks-with-a-drone/
Everything you need to know about Drone Fireworks
Everyone knows the increased usage of drones in the military. They are instruments, which have been pushing the boundaries of technology. For the last couple of years, drones have become popular in different industries including the entertainment and photography industry. Thus, drones are rapidly becoming ingrained in different aspects of our lives.
What about the pyrotechnic industry? Well, when we talk about drones and fireworks, you will be surprised to know that experts believe they are made for each other. For example, what is better than celebrating your wedding party or Independence Day or New Year’s celebration than flying drones through an explosion?
When a drone hits the sky, it gives us the best and quality footage of any colorful festivity. Imagine a drone flying in the sky forms a ring of fireworks – it will look absolutely amazing to watch drones spreading beautiful fireworks in the sky.
Is it possible to launch fireworks from a drone? Well, before we answer this basic question, it is important to know the significance of putting fireworks on a drone. Fireworks are very cool and at the same time, drones are cool too. So, we think drone fireworks are cool and an easy way to have more effective and customized fireworks.
Many people think that drone fireworks are not a good idea – as they don’t want to combine two different things. They think that drones have their own functionality and putting fireworks on them could be dangerous. Anyway, there are many other people who think fireworks from drones look absolutely amazing – and this will be a unique experience.
Let us talk about the science involved behind drone fireworks. Read on!
The physics of fireworks on Drones
There are a few things to consider before you put fireworks on your drone. We will discuss these factors in a bit of detail.
Factor 1: Lift
First of all, you need to understand the concept of lift. For instance, if you put fireworks on a drone, probably, there are higher chances that they will have a mass, which means a more massive boom of the firework.
On the other hand, when we carefully look at the science behind this factor, more mass can lead to a potential issue – for example, a drone can carry a certain amount of firework material. It cannot just fly to carry whatever you want.
In addition, a large drone – however, can lift heavy stuff but don’t think of a smaller drone as it wouldn’t be able to barely lift anything. It depends on how a drone flies. We mean to say something like a quadcopter – nonetheless, this also applies to a single rotor helicopter.
Simply put, a rotor takes air above and then throws it down below. Moving air has momentum because it has mass. Both mass and velocity create a product known as “Momentum.”
So, how to change an object’s momentum? Well, you apply a force on it, which allows the rotors to push the air down – increasing the momentum of the air. Forces allow interaction between two objects – that leads to pushing down the air so that the air can push up on the rotors.
Moreover, the force of “lift” on the spinning rotors equates changes in the momentum of throwing down the air. The thrust can be increased in two ways – first, the speed of the air can be increased by moving it down. Second, more air can be thrown down.
Bigger rotors give more thrust – therefore, your smaller drone won’t lift a heavy load of fireworks. If you have a smaller rotor and want to lift more stuff, it is important that you increase the airspeed.
Increasing the airspeed actually increases the kinetic energy of the air, which is equal to the square velocity. When you increase the velocity, it means that you will go through more air. The rate of battery usage depends on the velocity of air. You should not concern with your battery – whether or not it will last long – you drone, probably, will blow up from the fireworks.
Factor 2: Recoil
When you opt to put fireworks on the drone, you may probably use roman candles, which can shoot balls of fire. In fact, shooting balls of fire is something that is similar to the rotor’s lift. The only difference is between the two is that it is balls of fire instead of throwing down air.
The objective of shooting a fireball is based on increasing its speed, which means increasing the momentum that likewise requires a force. When it comes to a roman candle, the momentum of the fireball is usually increased by expanding gases in the candle’s barrel – in other words, “an explosion.”
The expanding gas then pushes on your drone with the force for the same time – so that the drone has the same changes in momentum just like the fireball – however, this occurs in the opposite direction.
Do you know what will happen if the recoil momentum of a drone gets equal to the fireball’s momentum? Well, nothing special. It is important to know that a fireball usually has lower mass and almost negligible speed. We all know that such kinds of fireballs are not that much fast.
Therefore, lower mass and slower speeds equal to a lower momentum. The drone – in this regard – will have a higher mass to have equal momentums – it does not have a higher recoil speed. So, from your drone – you will shoot a roman candle.
Can “Drone” replace conventional “Fireworks?”
No doubt, drones are considered one of the revolutionary technologies, which offer a number of new methods for approaching established activities. However, the argument regarding drones replacing fireworks is hot these days – especially in terms of its safety. Will drones eliminate the dangers of fireworks? This is one of the main questions people are concerned about and want to know the answer.
Fireworks and crackers are a significant part of New Year’s celebrations. However, there are many hazards – especially about health – which come with different festive celebrations. For the last couple of years, more than 50% of injuries that are related to firecrackers or fireworks were due to burns. In addition, 31% of these injuries were to the fingers while 22% of them were to the face, head, and ears.
However, apart from burns, there are various other health hazards, which people can experience – especially among the people who are more vulnerable. During the display of fireworks, carbon monoxide, suspended particulate matters, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrocarbons increase in the air to unprecedented levels. Higher levels of suspended particulate matter can cause eyes, throat, and nose problems.
It might lead to reduced mental sharpness, headaches, and other health conditions. It may also cause severe effects on the nervous system, heart, and respiratory issues in people. It can also cause problems for people who are suffering from different types of allergies such as cough, flu, throat, and/or chest congestion. Moreover, it can aggravate different respiratory health conditions like pneumonia, asthma, and allergic rhinitis.
Furthermore, the levels of noise from fireworks can lead to health conditions as well. Typically, fireworks exceed the level of noise of 145 decibels and levels of noise of 85 decibels, which can cause damage to hearing. Higher levels of noise may also lead to restlessness, temporary and/or permanent hearing loss, high blood pressure, and sleep disturbances.
On the other hand, we have drones – for example, people can lit up hundreds of drones simultaneously to create amazingly beautiful formations. A drone can likewise be operated by one person.
Drones are also safer and environmentally friendly than fireworks. Again, fireworks are one of the causes of air pollution and can contaminate the soil because they contain harmful chemicals and when they hit the ground, it can contaminate the soil significantly. In addition, you can only use fireworks one time only – whereas drones can be used again and again for multiple displays.
There are many risks that are inherent in setting off firecrackers or fireworks. For example, anything that you light on fire and then set off into the air can cause the risk of burns as well as deafness. Research studies have shown that it can even cause death. On the other hand, drones are not without risk.
Drones can be hacked straightforward – meaning that a person can take control of many drones in a display and then he or she can unfairly use them as weapons. Drones are also very difficult to trace and can be obtained relatively straightforward. Another danger of drones is that they can fall out of the sky.
Recently, in Hong Kong, a drone display was canceled at the “Wine and Dine” Festival due to “blocked” GPS signal – which caused a number of those drones to fall into the Harbour. Although there were injuries in the incident, it caused one million “Hong Kong” dollars’ worth of damage.
So much so, you must acknowledge that even we consider such risks, it is very simple to understand that drones are much safer than fireworks. In 2016, 500 drone light display at Intel, all drones were less than a softball in weight respectively. They were made of plastic as well as the propellers were covered by cages to make sure injuries were avoided. In drones, there are no combustible elements, which means drones are safer than fireworks.
shooting them while in flight.
Home made display caught on video.
What if a drone goes wrong?
Although fireworks are very dangerous when it comes to comparing them drones. In addition, drones are less risky – however, when it goes wrong, it can do a lot of damage. If a person is injured during the display of fireworks, it may due to a faulty firework – in this regard, you can always claim a defective product compensation. It may also be due to the negligence or fault of the user.
In most situations, the larger costs of putting on fireworks display are usually sunk into insurance policies. When it comes to drones, the situation is more nuanced. You can buy a claim against the drone manufacturer if the drone is deemed faulty. In terms of commercial use, the drones should also be properly insured.
If there are any injuries due to hacking incidents or blocked GPS signals, it is no easy to trace the perpetrator. It is very unlikely that a person would have enough money to provide appropriate compensation for any injury. There are various benefits to drones over firework displays as they are safer, quieter, cleaner, and impressive as compared to a traditional firework show.
On the other hand, it is important to understand that drones are not fully without risks of injuries and how you can control a drone – it is not easy to establish liabilities – especially when things go wrong.
Drones have really transformed the way people view fireworks. Drones are outfitted with hi-tech video cameras, which can capture footage of firework displays from the air. A recent report shows that manufacturers will produce five million drones next year – with sales exceeding six billion dollars. However, there is a question that many people ask – i.e. is it legal to have a drone flying in the midst of fireworks display?
What are Drone Laws?
There are no strict regulations, which prohibit people from flying drones in and around fireworks. However, according to the “Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),” it is not safe to fly drones in and around fireworks over crowds of people and at heights that exceed 400 feet. In addition, the drone must remain in the line of sight of the operator at all times. Those restrictions would leave aerial videographers grounded at fireworks shows.
The Federal Aviation Administration restriction is considered just a baseline. Local and state municipalities have the choice to add their own rules and regulations. Flying drones over fireworks are prohibited in many states of the United States.
Many local governments are cracking down on drones at firework displays. While many hobbyists may face a number of restrictions, those who use drones for business purposes have usually more options.
Moreover, investing in drones actually means taking stunning video footage from the sky, it is important that you abide by certain specific rules, which include not adding fireworks or weapons to your autonomous flying machine – the Federal Aviation Administration has warned.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued updates on this matter – promoted seemingly by the sharing of video by different people who have had their drone machines tricked out with different aspects of dangerous equipment.
So, at maximum, a fine of $20,000 is possible if you break the rules. The FAA authority says that “we have seen online videos and photos of drones with bombs, attached guns, firecrackers, flamethrowers, and fireworks, as well as other dangerous items.
When it comes to the term “dangerous weapon,” it covers a lot of ground as well as extends to the usage of fireworks and firearms – along with weapons like flamethrowers. FAA says “don’t do it” as it is not worth the social media or YouTube hits. There are also higher chances of injuring people with a drone that carries some sort of weapon (in this case, we can call fireworks some sort of weapon). This means you are in trouble with the law.
Drone fireworks are cool and for many people, it is absolutely amazing to fly drones that carry fireworks. Although drones carrying firework materials are a safer option compared to traditional pyrotechnic fireworks, they can still pose a lot of dangers – as we have explained to them in detail in this article.
The proliferation of drones such as remote-controlled helicopters or quadcopters has generated a number of news stories about many irresponsible things, which can people do with these new machines. It is important to understand that the FAA is making substantial efforts to issue “rules and regulations.” However, the bigger concern is that each new news story about the usage of drone fireworks will prompt the community to call for new rules and regulations.
On the other hand, most of the unsafe activities related to drone fireworks are arguably already covered by the current rules and regulations of FAA. Indeed, the HD video captured on drones looks beautiful. At the same time, it is also very dangerous and unlawful – especially in the U.S as many states have banned the use of drone fireworks. Many other states are working to bring restrict laws about them.
One of the biggest concerns is that the damages caused to the machine itself if anything goes wrong as well as to the crowd that is there to enjoy the fireworks. The flight is likewise very unsafe as the drone fireworks can create increased risks of hazardous debris falling into the area where there are spectators.
Moreover, fireworks colliding with drones can also divert the pyrotechnic material downward into the spectator areas – leading to dangerous detonation. For example, if a drone does not work in the air in case the battery is out of order and it carries a heavy load of fireworks – it will fall into the area where there are people – and may cause damage such as injuries to the people or even intense explosions that can even pose threat to the lives of people.
Flying over fireworks.
Hong Kong fireworks filmed from the sky.
4k video, stunning.
Gorgeous display on NY day, full 4k vid.
Prague 2017 fireworks display caught on uhd camera by a drone.