From Darwin Aerospace, the "Burrito Bomber"

Earlier this year, the world was brought to its knees when it was cruelly teased with the promise of tasty Mexican treats being delivered via quadcopter. We believe everyone deserves carne asada when they want it and so today, we make that dream a reality. We’re proud to introduce: Burrito Bomber -- truly the world's first airborne mexican food delivery system.

It works like this:

  1. You connect to the Burrito Bomber web-app and order a burrito. Your smartphone sends your current location to our server, which generates a waypoint file compatible with the drone's autopilot.
  2. We upload the waypoint file to the drone and load your burrito in to our custom made Burrito Delivery Tube.
  3. The drone flies to your location and releases the Burrito Delivery Tube. The burrito parachutes down to you, the drone flies itself home, and you enjoy your carne asada.

We built Burrito Bomber using a handful of open source projects and some new bits we created ourselves. All the code and 3D models we created for Burrito Bomber are on our GitHub page so you can build one too!

The airframe is a SkyWalker X8 Flying Wing. The plane uses Ardupilot to navigate the skies. The Burrito release mechanism is the combination of a Quantum RTR Bomb System, a 3" diameter mailing tube, and some 3D printed parts we designed in-house. The plane is controllable either manually via live video transmitted from the plane or autonomously using the Ardupilot autopilot. We use a Futaba 9C controller and EzUHF transmitter to manually control the plane. Check out the parts list for further details.

The web app is built in Flask. It gets the user's location via the HTML5 Geolocation API, generates a Mission Planner compatible waypoint file, then sends that to the drone operator. The drone operator uploads the waypoint file to the plane.

Unfortunately, Burrito Bomber as a commercial product is not yet allowed under current FAA guidelines. However, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires the FAA to hammer out regulations for commercial use drones by September 2015. This means in 2015 we'll be able to take to the skies to bring you your burrito faster than you can say "¡Salsa roja por favor!".

(via Gizmodo. Thanks for the tip, Jason!)

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Comment by Gary McCray on December 8, 2012 at 6:30pm

Somehow, especially with the Quantum RTR bomb system I think this is almost exactly what the FAA is afraid of.

Aside from the delayed Methane Air Munitions device potential of the beans think if somebody decided to put something other than a Burrito in it, or if the chute failed, man killed by burrito delivery mechanism.

The horror, the horror!

Comment by W. Joe Taylor on December 8, 2012 at 7:07pm
Fraid yo is right bro Gary.
Comment by eduardo on December 8, 2012 at 9:36pm

its a joke ? may be ....

Comment by Vince Hogg on December 9, 2012 at 4:03am

Comment by Philippe Petit on December 9, 2012 at 4:39am

How accurate is the parachute delivery? Are you accounting for Wind? 

Comment by johnkowalsky on December 9, 2012 at 4:42am

if it can be used for Burrito... it will be used for drugs

Comment by Vince Hogg on December 9, 2012 at 4:54am

Well its not rocket science (but close). The biggest surprise is that its not already news about boarder drug trafficking with diy drones. I’m sure it won’t be long before some smuggler or terrorist causes an incident with our hobby technology and screws it up for all of us.

Comment by Gamani on December 9, 2012 at 5:26am

@Vince, like it's already the case for Airsoft hobby!

Comment by Chris Foote on December 9, 2012 at 5:29am

I saw a documentary that showed regualar rc plance delivering drugs from mexico to the u.s.  There was a pilot in mexico and one in the u.s.  the drugs were dropped in a different place than where the plane landed.  I would be surprised if drones aren't already being used on a large scale.  Calling them terrorists is a little extreme though.  There is no doubt that drones will be used for terrorism though.  The fact that they haven't yet makes me feel good that there really aren't that many terrorists.

Comment by Josh Potter on December 9, 2012 at 8:06am

"man killed by burrito delivery mechanism"

That made me laugh.

There are a lot of scary uses for this technology, along with the good.  I've always thought you could do some really neat things with our current tech with rockets.  The difference is, I would want to build a guided missile for the sake of doing it, not to make a weapon.

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