Drones: Is the Sky Sky the Limit?
On May 10, 2017, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will unveil Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?, the first major museum exhibition on pilotless aircraft to open in the United States. The large-scale exhibition, which will be located in a 6,000-square-foot custom-designed pavilion on the Museum's Pier 86, will reveal the history of drone technology, from its modern-day origins in World War I and its military development to its current applications in solving complex humanitarian challenges. Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? will showcase historical artifacts, model airplanes, actual drones, three-dimensional computer renderings, rare videos and immersive installations that will take visitors on a visually engrossing journey from the earliest attempts to employ unmanned flying machines to the advanced systems of the 21st century and beyond. The exhibition will include a rich blend of small and large-scale drones. Visitors will see a prototype cargo vehicle designed to deliver online shopping orders to their door, as well as Volantis, the world's first flying dress, designed and worn by global superstar Lady Gaga. Human-carrying vehicles will be represented by a full-scale conceptual aircraft that may become the personal autonomous transportation system of the future. The exhibition will also feature archival and contemporary photographs, technical drawings that show a glimpse of the future of drone technology, and an "immersion" theater where visitors will experience dramatic images captured by the unique cinematographic perspective of the drone.
The Museum will offer related programs for students, educators and the general public that explore this growing technology and its ethical implications. Programs will incorporate lively dialogue, demonstrations of drones in flight, installations and social gaming.
Venue Description: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world's fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. The Intrepid Museum fulfills its mission to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth by connecting them to history through hands-on exploration while bridging the future by inspiring innovation.