Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show was certainly one to remember — wire-acrobatics, onstage flames, amazing football catches and, oh yeah, did we mention drones? We’re just gonna go ahead and wager that this was the first time you’ve seen a sky-full of robotic stars creating a zipping, zooming red, white and blue flair-filled spectacle. So, what exactly were you seeing? Well, as it turns out, there’s some some pretty cool deets behind that memorable display.

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300 drones (yep, there were 300 up there!) flew in perfect formation using Intel Shooting Star technology: the same tech that’s expected to one day help in search-and-rescue and agricultural aspects. It’s currently been wow-ing crowds in shows like Disney’s Shooting Star drone squad and Sydney’s record-setting performance for “most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously,” which saw a whopping 500 drones in the sky.

A more simplistic version than consumer quadcopters, these eight ounce, foot-long squares are fitted with onboard LEDs capable of creating four billion color combinations. Coded with choreography to perform their aerial acrobatics, each drone is connected wirelessly to a central computer which coordinates the full fleet. So meticulous is this set up, should one drone fail, another will take its place within seconds, making it THE techiest light-show we’ve ever seen.

Buh-bye, fireworks!

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(h/t Wired, photo via Larry Busacca + @arnieharrison/Getty)