Lady Gaga’s flying dress Volantis will make a return in Drones: is the sky the limit?, exhibit at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum.
The Intrepid Air & Space Museum in New York will play host to Drones: is the sky the limit?, opening in May 2017.
This drone exhibit will focus on the history and development of the drone technology (dating back to World War I found surprisingly enough), and its current applications in the civil and commercial sectors.
The exhibition is co-curated by Eric Boehm, the Museum’s curator of aviation and aircraft restoration, along with Mary L. “Missy” Cummings and Alexander J. Stimpson, both professors at Duke University. Arthur Holland Michel and Dan Gettinger, co-directors of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, also collaborated on the exhibition.
Drones: is the sky the limit? will feature all kinds of actual small and large-scale drones, included a prototype cargo vehicle for deliveries and historical artifacts and a full-scale conceptual human-carrying autonomous aircraft, immersive installations to experience the unique cinematographic perspective of the drone, and virtual and real flying demo areas.
The exhibit will also feature rare video, photographs, technical drawings, and blueprints for future designs with the centerpiece being global superstar Lady Gaga‘s famous ‘flying dress’ Volantis, which was first demonstrated to the public 4 years ago.
The dress was developed by London-based fashion and technology company Studio XO and itself is really a remotely controlled platform capable of moving several feet off the ground, courtesy of rotors mounted to the end of six arms that radiate from a central post rising behind the pilot.
The majority of the vehicle is made from titanium with the (sort of) cockpit being made from carbon fiber in the shape of a female torso which is where the ‘pilot’ steers and controls it, within limits.
Take a look at the flying dress for yourself below:
The exhibit itself opens May 10th and will be of interest of technology, aviation & history enthusiasts alike.