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Video: See Microsoft's London Halo 4 helicopter stunt

If you were strolling alongside the River Thames last night you were undoubtedly shocked by the unmistakable sight of Halo 4's orange... glyph... thing.

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Choice of symbol aside, Microsoft made damn sure it kicked off the launch of its shooter sequel with dramatic scenes in London, involving a helicopter, the 3.2 ton glyph and more than 600 fans gathered by the river.

Here, for your education, are some key 'stunt facts' along with Microsoft official shaky-cam video:

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  • The Glyph measures 50 feet in diameter and weighs 3.2 tons
  • This is one of the largest and brightest man-made flying structures to ever be flown by helicopter.
  • A team of over 50 designers, engineers and fabricators created the Glyph.
  • It took approximately 8 weeks to design and construct: 2 weeks to design with the engineers, 4 weeks to build the aluminum structure and 2 weeks to apply the LED lighting.
  • There are 455 LED light strips mounted onto 37 panels and a total of 113,096 LEDs of a pure orange color consuming 20 KW of power!
  • The dynamic lighting effects are all powered and controlled from an onboard electrical and computer system, which was remote controlled from a boat following the Glyph.
  • The helicopter flew at a height of 600 feet with the Glyph suspended 350 feet above the River Thames.

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