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ACTLD Neopter Flying Drone for Outdoor Spectacles
We are honored to announce a world's premiere & our great achievement: the "NEOPTER" - a new generation of drones destined to entertainment, the "Neopter".
During its 20 years of lighting & visual design experience, ACTLD's team has been taking up many challenges which pushed their capacity to innovate towards new domains. Often they create, develop and produce tailored-made solutions that naturally lead them to unique results.
Today, ACTLD headed by Koert Vermeulen present in partnership with Puy du Fou, award-winning French theme park, the vanguard technical solution that opens up new creative & technical horizons and brings an aerial dimension to outdoor choreographies for the amazement of the public: "NEOPTER".
Neopter Flying Outdoor Drone logo
On August 29th, the theme park "Puy du Fou" has been the stage of a world technology breakthrough: for the first time, flying drones "Neopter", developed by ACTLD in partnership with Puy du Fou, delivered a live performance, becoming full-fledged "actors" of the "Cinéscénie" night show.
Four technology patents were filed for the "Neopter", the first drone able to simultaneously fly within an aerial fleet without any human intervention and perform synchronized choreography in the air or immersed in water. Neopter can also carry sound, video, lighting and scenography or special effects like pyrotechnics, with a weight/power ratio record. Finally, it is able to fly under rain conditions, land and take off from water, being completely waterproof.
Already in 2013, the talents of Koert Vermeulen & ACTLD were put at work in Puy du Fou in the framework of "Cinéscénie", the worlds biggest night-time spectacle, as Koert Vermeulen was asked to revamp this unique show through a brand new lighting scenography.
Puy du Fou Cinescenie
Then Koert Vermeulen had the precursory idea to introduce drones in the show whilst orchestrating them to create innovative choreographies. Together with Puy du Fou they decided to transform the sky of "Cinéscénie" into a scene without any limits.
ACTLD, Puy du Fou and General Department of French Civil Aviation (DGAC), with a high qualified team of about 50 engineers, technicians, designers, programmers teamed up in top-secrecy to work on "Neopter'" technological revolution.
Neopter at Cinescenie Drone
After 1 year of development and the official approval by DGAC, the world's premiere of "Neopter" took place on 29th of August 2014, in Puy du Fou theme park in France during the "Cinéscénie" show. Until the end of the season, "Neopter" will appear in several scenes during this night spectacle to produce astounding visual effects and enhance the scenography to amaze the public.
The "Neopter" is a new generation drone, a new carrier of staging, intelligent and independent, that adds a revolutionary new dimension to entertainment shows. Built to operate within an aerial fleet of autonomous drones, "Neopter" is able to evolve and to dance simultaneously in the open air at 60 meters above the scene and to perform choreography of flying and illuminating decors.
Invisible during the night, the drones can move simultaneously, carry in the air lighting decorations and perform a real ballet in the air, following the actors on the ground scene. By their double function of "scenic carrier" and real "leading actor", "Neopter" revolutionize the staging universe and bring a completely new experience to the spectators.
Neopter the drone in action
Four technological patents were filed to protect "Neopter's" technology advances. With its onboard intelligence and a GPS signal, "Neopter" is able to locate itself in the open air autonomously. It can fly without any human intervention.
An aerial fleet capable to perform an outdoor aerial choreography in strenuous wind conditions.
Autonomous flights and fully scalable up to several hundreds of drones being able to carry sound, video, lighting and scenography or special effects like pyrotechnics for instance.
A weight/power ratio, the drones being able to carry a load up to 3kg.
The ability to fly under rain conditions and land and take off from water, being completely waterproof.
Neopter is a drone designed for outdoor spectacles
ACTLD and Puy du Fou International is announcing to deploy 50 "Neopter" in the forthcoming months. "Neopter" will be available to perform and dance all over the world thanks to a robust and safe technology. Their innovation will be offered together to big events and live shows all over the world, an "Entertainment drones industry" premiere.
Neopter Video
The news is filled with information of the latest launchings of non-military drones with various solutions for commercial, agricultural, advertising, science, movie & photography industry purposes. But many wishful plans around the world are yet to be successfully implemented along with the technological solutions and law regulations. On his side, "Neopter" is already a finalised marketable product, with spectacular creative & technical added value, hence positioning ACTLD and Puy du Fou as one of the worldwide pioneers who push back the limits and possibilities of Entertainment drones.
After a year of hard work, today our team's passion, work, tenacity, talents and all its efforts were rewarded by a great collective accomplishment which aroused even more its will to take on new challenges.
Neopter Team
Neopter Team
Koert Vermeulen  
"In my opinion, as an artist and professional working for 20 years in the visual & lighting design for the world's biggest shows & spectacles in the world, "Neopter" is a genuine revolution and our greatest achievement for a small visual & lighting design agency. Being able to overcome all the technical challenges and to develop a solution that enables us to freely imagine infinity of artistic and technical possibilities is just extremely rewarding.
After a year of hard work and dedication, I can honestly say that this is the first "flying proof" of our striving passion. Thanks to our partners the Puy du Fou, from now on, the sky has no limit for our creative imagination", said Koert Vermeulen, CEO & principal designer at ACTLD.
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