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Drone light show by Verge Aero honors frontline

On the evening of April 28, Verge Aero, a leader in high performance drone light shows, delivered an aerial tribute at the University of Pennsylvania campus, not far from the company’s offices at Pennovation Works. As part of the local #PhillyShinesBlue campaign and the global #LightItBlue campaign, the display was created to honor and show appreciation for healthcare professionals and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Approximately 140 illuminated drones flew in formations above the iconic Franklin Field stadium featuring images on the current environment and sharing hope and love for better days ahead. There were also reminders to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing. Frontline professionals viewing the show from nearby at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, and beyond, saw messages that inspired, entertained, and thanked them for all their efforts supporting, protecting, and saving lives in our community.  

Check out this video for a look at the show!




“The show was planned to ensure maximum visibility for those inside the hospital and allow them to view the show while maintaining social distance,” says Verge Aero CEO Nils Thorjussen. He added, “This was an opportunity for us to donate our resources and expertise to stand in solidarity with these brave heroes, and convey the thanks of the American people. We are profoundly grateful for their tireless work, dedication, and sacrifice.”

Site logistics for the show were coordinated with the support of staff members in Penn’s Divisions of Public Safety, Environmental Health, Facilities & Real Estate Services, Athletics, and PennSTAR, as well as the City and FAA. 

Go here to view the show in its entirety


About Verge Aero

Operating out of Pennovation Works, Verge Aero’s mission is to empower creative professionals with its proprietary drone show hardware and control software. Its fully integrated platform makes it fast and easy to go from creative vision to reality using sophisticated programming and previsualization tools. The robust Verge Aero system deploys rapidly, making it possible to go from creative brainstorming to actual flight in minutes.

Verge Aero is fully approved by the FAA to fly drone shows in the US.  
Learn more at www.Verge.Aero

Photos courtesy of Nick Lang Media, Penn Public Safety

"light it blue" written in the sky with drones through the trees