The Burrito Bomber

Burrito Bomber

The Burrito Bomber, created by the folks at Darwin Aerospace, claims to be “the world’s first Mexican food delivery system.” The delivery process starts with the customer placing an order through the Flask based Burrito Bomber webapp. The customer’s location is grabbed from their smartphone using the HTML5 Geolocation API and used to generate a waypoint file for the drone. Next, the order is placed into a delivery tube, loaded onto the drone, and the waypoint file is uploaded to the drone. Finally, the drone flies to your location and drops the delivery tube. A parachute deploys to safely deliver the tasty payload.

The drone is based on a Skywalker X-8 airframe and the Quantum RTR Bomb System. The bomb system provides the basic mechanism to hold and drop a payload, but Darwin Airspace designed their own 3D printed parts for the delivery tube. These parts are available on Thingiverse. The drone is controlled autonomously by ArduPilot, which uses the webapp’s waypoint output to guide the drone to the target and release the payload.

Unfortunately, this can’t be a commercial product yet due to FAA regulations, but the FAA is required to figure out commercial drone regulations by 2015. Hopefully in 2015 we’ll all be able to order burritos by air.

For all the source and models, check out the group’s Github. There’s also a video of the bomber in action after the break.


  1. Hugh says:

    Words cannot express how awesome that is.
    Maybe I’ll ask Chuck Norris to write a little something on the subject.

  2. John says:

    That video is pretty bad. It doesn’t actually show any ability to drop in a set location, which seems like the point. It’s just a big field.

    Still, it’s an interesting project. A little work on the Burrito holder, give it some guidance systems so a drop from altitude works correctly…

    I must admit, if I had one of these things, I would have a nearly irresistible urge to send my least favourite politician a burrito when they were walking to their car one night. The ensuing shitstorm would be a thing of beauty.

  3. Cheech says:

    But are the burritos good?

  4. Joe C says:

    The first? What about Tacocopter?

  5. George says:
    • Jvs says:

      I don’t the delivery system is any more useful; they just have their different uses. I think the quadrotor would have a much, much shorter range than the plane.

      Now if you’re saying that what’s being delivered is more important, I would have to agree with you.

  6. Voidptr says:

    I really can’t imagine any regulations for commercial drone use in the near future that don’t include a licensed commercial pilot on the ground acting as PIC while the UAV is in the air. Nobody is going to take the risk of an autonomous system sharing air space with the rest of us; there’s going to be a human with an FAA certificate the FAA can choke if they don’t see-and-avoid.

  7. zuul says:

    They should have used this in the hunger games

  8. Tom says:

    The future is going to be AWESOME!

  9. Feed Me says:

    Quick – someone teach Pepper the Parrot to make and deliver me a burrito on his little kart!

  10. aztraph says:

    bad thing is the delayed detonation, the bomb doesn’t go off till the lower intestine.

  11. Feed Me says:

    1. UAV that intercepts and catches pigeons midflight
    2. UAV Processes and cooks them into nuggets
    3. Delivers nuggets to customers
    4. Profffffittttt

  12. kay says:

    This is a work of beauty, I have never been so happy to be outclassed in my own drone efforts.

  13. Hirudinea says:

    You could make a fortune with this thing on the Washington-Oregon border. :)

  14. Mohonri says:

    I was expecting a bit more in the way of bomb bay doors and pickle-barrel precision. That *IS* a nice big burrito, though.

  15. FrankenPC says:

    When I was a kid, eating at the local roach mobile was enough to call upon the burrito bomber.

  16. chris says:

    the heck with the bomber! I’d rather stay here and “digest” the witty repartee going on….

  17. Chris C. says:

    Next week: GPS Spoofing for Fun and Free Burritos.

  18. xorpunk says:

    considering most GPS is off by .5km, this should be interesting..

    • ErikH says:

      Seriously Xorpunk? 0,5km? I wonder how i would get to my destination using satnav is that was true :) 10m accuracy isn’t that hard to achief using GPS.

      Cool idea, but the packaging needs some upgrades to keep the payload warm all the way to the customer and accuracy is key.. Would hate to see my burrito being dropped at my neighbors ;)

  19. manny says:

    can’t wait for the pizza deliviring UFO!!!!!!!!

  20. Ren says:

    What? Am I so old, that I’m the only one to post a comment about The Flying Burrito Brothers?

  21. jish says:

    wait, i thought that the HTML5 geolocation api didnt really reveal YOUR location, but actually the location of where your ISP equipment is….
    At least thats what it showed for me…

  22. Matt says:

    Now announcing the WORLDS FIRST remote Mexican food delivery system. Its the “Quesadilla Cannon”!!! Just input your coordinates and we will start targeting your location with an aerial bombardment of tasty melty ingredients ( some assembly required) !

  23. blujay42 says:

    It would be way funnier if “delivery” of the burrito entailed launching it at the target at high velocity.

  24. apeLs says:

    I could imagine re-purposed howitzers being used to launch self-guided fin-stabilized foodstuffs. Depending on how far the food needs to be fired (beyond about a 40km radius), you might need to add rocket propulsion.

    The only problem I see is breaking city noise ordinances.

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