Star Simpson, the MIT grad who started the Tacocopter site/stunt, has been living in Hong Kong and she's decided to build on the media attention by actually working on a copter. As the Huffington Report puts it:

Well, the flight was more symbolic than anything, proof to the doubters that a small drone copter could indeed be rigged to handle the weight of a taco and the mission of taco delivery. As Simpson told HuffPost in March, Tacocopter is more of a concept than a concrete startup at this point, more a conversation starter about the future of delivery services than a realistic plan.

(Frankly, if we're getting pessimistic about Tacocopter's maiden flight, I'm more concerned with the taco itself: I like my tacos substantially -- substantially! -- larger than the one shown in the video. We want a tacocopter, not a taquitocopter).

So, no, Tacocopter isn't quite ready to scale up into a true company that mass delivers Mexican food via drone. It still has to learn to deal with an intimidating set of technical issues -- GPS mastery, mass production of drones, wind, heavy rain, birds, building ledges, telephone wires, thieves etc. -- before you can even think about actually receiving your taco via aerial flavor strike.

Here's the first flight:

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Comment by John Hestness on April 30, 2012 at 5:23pm

I am still hopeful that taco delivery is the killer app for drone technology.  By that I mean a shell with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa not Tactical Aeriel Combat Ordnance. 

Comment by Ellison Chan on April 30, 2012 at 8:07pm

I'm getting hungry waiting for that taco that was supposed to be delivered via TacoCopter.  Not sure if I can hold on for much longer, so I'll bid farewell to all. ;-)

Comment by LemaLife on May 2, 2012 at 7:09pm

This is cool, but I think my UberTaco has more taco-delivering capabilities per flight :)

https://vimeo.com/39653909

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 2, 2012 at 7:25pm

How how many TDOPS (Taco Delivery Ops Per Sec) can UberTaco deliver?

Comment by LemaLife on May 2, 2012 at 7:37pm

about 4.5 :)

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 2, 2012 at 7:41pm

Ay caramba!  That's a lot of tacos.  TacoCopter has some competition.

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