Are you worried about the inevitable drone invasion? Have you been waiting for a defense system that you can trust? Look no further. This video shows just how effective the system is — no smoke and mirrors. Just results.
Forget RF jamming or WiFi hacking. If those devices work at all, they’re probably only good for stopping consumer devices. If you want to be sure that a drone is taken down, you’ll need a pumpkin cannon.
Wait what? Our hero was filming his massive pumpkin cannon, shooting pumpkins at around 200mph. So far, just another normal October afternoon. But then, his daughter recommended getting a nice shot of video from over the woods:
“It would be cool to get video from the woods!”
It sounded so easy. Simply fly the quadcopter up above the trees and shoot the pumpkin right by it for dramatic effect. And that was the beginning of the end. He doesn’t blame her though. It was a good idea in theory…
Total damage is estimated at about $500. Three out of four props still worked, the other one needed resoldering and a new shell. The GoPro gimbal was pooched and so was the landing gear. But thankfully the GoPro was fine.
29 thoughts on “Shoot Down Drones With Pumpkin Cannons”
Bet he couldn’t make that shot again in 100 years.
I would thoroughly enjoy the attempt.
Where’s my popcorn… ?
What about a guided pumpkin. Or is that starting to go into unknown legal territory?
If you put a guidance system on the pumpkin, it becomes a missile under U.S. Law, which means you can’t share details (“exporting”) on the internet.
So even if making a drone-hunting Arduino-guided RF-targeting “wild weasel” ballistic pumpkin launching cannon battery would be cool,
Telling us about it would be illegal.
> drone-hunting Arduino-guided RF-targeting “wild weasel” ballistic pumpkin launching cannon battery
Well, I know what my next project “won’t” be ;)
It’s really easy. Just put your most expensive drone and the most expensive camera you have in the air. Murphy’s law will take care of the rest.
Yes, someone besides me on hackaday knows what murphy’s law is!
Ol’ Murph is alive and well!
and Murphy was and optimist!
I’d recommend using your most expensive pumpkin too
If you graph the expense of the drone, camera, cannon and pumpkin and determine intersection of same you’ll have a full graph of proportional probability of Murphy’s law. Lots of factors go into making it work, and Murphy was no idiot! :)
Great, now I have to put pumpkin jammers on my drone!
Try graham cracker crust or whipped cream.
You do a pumpkin and you poke loads of sprung steel wires through it. Upon launching the pumpkin all the wires spring out in a gigantic ball increasing the contact area whiles keeping the drag per mass ratio relatively low for the increased probably of making contact with the target.
That’s not quite how aerodynamics works.
Each strand makes air around it turbulent, which traps the air between the wires and increases the effective surface area of your ball. It works like the fluff-ball on a dandelion seed.
Next: Pumpkin detection and avoidance system for drones.
I’d like to see that. A drone that can dodge a projectile. The maneuverability is certainly there. Maybe a capacitive bubble might be the fastest reaction time. A bit like a gigantic theremin.
Radar might be a better choice
….and Skynet takes this technology to build an HK drone.
legal: if you perceive :)) a drone as a “threat” then shoot a bullet not a pumpkin.
Shooting bullets into the air is very dangerous and almost definitely illegal.
Shooting pumpkins is also maybe just a little bit dangerous. Not to start any unfounded rumors.
Ever heard of bird hunting? It’s illegal to shoot them when they’re NOT in the air!
Bird hunting uses shot which has a much higher cross section to weight (falls slower) than a bullet.
A bullet the is just falling with no horizontal speed is not deadly… one on a steep ballistic arc can be, since it carries a lot more kinetic energy…the thing is that hilling a small fling target with a single unguided projective is very hard.
I would recommend shot for drone hunting also. Both (birds and drones) are small objects flying quite fast.
I fairly certain it’s legal to shot a turkey while it’s on the ground.
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