Burrito Bomber: open source hardware-based drone autonomously delivers Mexican food

The good folks at Darwin Aerospace have figured out how to use drones to parachute burritos directly onto your property. They await pending FAA reforms before they can go into business, however. Here's how it works:

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!

Burrito Bomber - Darwin Aerospace (via JWZ)


  1. What fun! I approve of this sort of activity, especially as a way to point out the current red tape / gray area / mess concerning for-profit UAV ops.

  2. I can’t wait that long. When will someone finally come up with a ballistic burrito delivery service?

    1. I’ll bet you could use an existing T-shirt cannon. Put a turret on your food truck, and you’re good to go.

      Deceleration for delivery might be a problem.

    1. Aw, man.  I should have known someone would post this.  Sorry if my post above steals any of your well deserved thunder.

    1. Seems to me that a quadcopter like this would be a more precise delivery device than the Burrito Bomber’s fly-by/parachute method.

      How often would people be finding small parachutes and tubes full of rotten burrito on their roofs, along with the usual Frisbee?

  3.  Gran video, pienso hacer uno para tostadas : Great video, going to have to make one for dropping tostadas (wrapped for eating, unwrapped for the slapstick)

  4. If I’d know that this was what they meant when they said “…the Air Force holds a bake sale to buy a bomber” I would have been supporting my schools a lot less and my military a lot more.

  5. umm…isn’t this old? i remember reading this story on wired and boing boing a few months ago…but i thought it was killed because of regulations against civilian UAV’s flying around cities?

  6. They need to mount a 3D food printer on it.  We could then order and take delivery from an army of round-the-clock food service drones. 

  7. Does anyone know what the Circular Error Probable (CEP) of this delivery system is? In the best case, a burrito landing on someone else’s property is simply a loss for the intended recipient; in the worst case, it could be construed as an act of war.

  8. “Watching missiles fly down air vents, pretty unbelievable. But couldn’t we feasibly use that same technology to shoot food at hungry people? Know what I mean? Fly over Ethiopia, ‘There’s a guy that needs a banana!’ (missile sound). The Stealth Banana.” – Bill Hicks on the first Gulf War

  9. That’s it, I’m finally goin’ to law school.  I’ll work my way up through the Public Defender’s office, maybe spend a few years in the DA’s office, then eventually I’ll attain a judgeship, or whatever the hell they call it.  And every morning I’ll leap out of bed and eagerly iron my robe and powder my wig and dash off to the courthouse.

    ‘Cause finally, for the first time in my life, lawsuits and liability are starting to sound entertaining as hell.

  10. One kind of drone for locating people lost in the woods (or hiding from the law) and another kind of drone for dropping survival kit on them (or snot-gunning them)

    I like to think drone technology will prove cheap enough that peaceful uses far outweigh the police state uses- but if they decide to commercially encrypt GPS signal – (meaning you pay for the codes to tell you where your plane is) – it’s all over.

    1. It occurs to me that there’s a glaring hole in my science fiction reading history that I didn’t imagine existed.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a story (or seen a movie) wherein cheap semiautonomous drones are used for mundane, everyday, morally-neutral (or even benevolent) purposes.  Drones usually end up wearing the same black hats (albeit somewhat larger ones) as nanobots in the corner of the canon with which I’m familiar.  Anyone got any recommendations with which I can patch this hole?

      1. Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels have something kind of answering that description. I hope Charles Stross has a go sometime too…

      2. Here’s a reality patch: http://www.uavoutbackchallenge.com.au/

        I’m not sure if it’s the same goal every year but at least this year’s challenge is dropping emergency package” for someone lost in a remote location.

        Give this some more years and more readily available drone software and hardware we will be able to do search and rescue with swarms of cheap drones quickly covering large areas, taking hi-res pictures and then doing the search part by, say, crowd-sourced effort on the Internet.

  11. Use them to destroy whatever you want terrestrially… but I’m pretty sure the U.N. should step in and ban burritos on all space flights.

  12. I first read that it anonymously delivered Mexican food. I was only a little sad to learn that I had it wrong.

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