The 5 Most Terrifying Things That Have Been Mounted On Civilian Drones
Rick Chandler 10:14 pm, April 05th, 2016
Drone technology can be used for good, like pizza delivery or spying on an SI Swimsuit photo shoot, or for evil. Let us pray that we possess the wisdom to know the difference, and don't end up like these poor bastards.
Here are the five most concerning things that have been mounted on a civilian drone.
A group of Finnish filmmakers have attached a gas-powered chainsaw beneath a DJI S1000 octocopter drone, and the resulting video makes Finland look like the most dangerous, bad-ass country in the world. The drone is shown massacring snowmen and chopping icicles from roofs, warning Russia to keep the hell on their own side of the border. But on closer inspection one realizes that the drone doesn't have enough thrust for the chainsaw to do much real damage, and it's ultimately defeated by its arch-nemesis, a group of party balloons.
A Connecticut teen built this gun-toting flying vehicle in July of 2015, named it "Flying Gun" and sent it out into nature, where it patrolled the woods administering justice. But while technically breaking no laws with his drone, 18-year-old engineering student Austin Haughwout landed in jail anyway on unrelated charges -- allegedly assaulting two police officers after turning himself in on a traffic warrant. Vice News: When officers tried to stop him from leaving, the teen allegedly began yelling, flailing his arms, and trying to hit his head on the floor and a door, and refusing to stand up. Authorities found a GoPro camera on him and a cellphone hidden in his underwear, the report said. Yep, this is just the kind of person we want in possession of an armed drone.
As featured on the Game of Drones YouTube Channel, drones are fitted with paintball guns and sent out to cause random destruction. Fast forward to about the 3:00 mark to skip the technical stuff and see the drone in action, or to the 4:00 mark to watch the drone chase a man and destroy him with about 50 paintballs.
When Dutch artist Bart Jansen's cat Orville died in 2013, the man had him stuffed and made into a drone. Now he takes Helicopter Cat to art exhibitions and drone shows, amazing his friends and terrifying children. But the main thing is that Orville lives once more.
At first glance this looks fake (like the Russian machine gun drone story from about a year ago), but Popular Mechanics did a story on it and other sources have reported it as real, so watch out. United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation gave a demonstration in February of a new Russian military multicopter drone that is armed with a bazooka. It can reportedly take out a tank, and looks pretty accurate.
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