Robot Plane Delivers Burritos On-Demand
Darwin Aerospace's 'Burrito Bomber' would let people order via their smartphone and receive their food from an airborne system.
The Burrito Bomber is a drone developed by Darwin Aerospace that could signal the next wave of food delivery. The airborne system lets customers send an order via their smartphone to the Bomber web app. Servers use the phone’s GPS to find its location, then generate a waypoint file for the drone. The burrito is then loaded into a custom-made delivery tube and the drone flies to the location to release the order, which parachutes down to the customer. Current FAA guidelines do not allow the commercial use of drones, but the research lab has built a working prototype.
The airframe is a SkyWalker X8 Flying Wing with a burrito release mechanism, and the drone is controllable either manually via live video or autonomously using the Ardupilot autopilot. It was created using open source projects and all the code and 3D models are on a GitHub page so others can build one too. Check out the video below to see it in action: