Riddle me this, Batman: What happens when you rig up a petrol-powered chainsaw to a DJI S1000 octocopter?
The resulting drone (appropriately named, Killer Drone) takes on icicles, tree branches, and Snowmen—lopping off their heads with ease.
An impressive sight to behold, for sure, but the drone’s creators, Finns Miika Ullakko, Antti Kunnari, and Henri Kiviniemi built the aircraft as a joke—to “parodize all these ridiculous ideas of using drones in carrying mail and other nonsense,” Ullakko told CNET.
Despite the comical nature of the project, the team still ran into a fair share of design obstacles, most of which had to do with the chainsaw’s cumbersome size and weight. For example, the drone couldn’t fly longer than five minutes on a single charge.
Turns out saws are also more difficult to operate when they’re set upside down.
You must be thinking, “What have we wrought?”
Indeed, the Killer Drone seems like a truly unstoppable, aerial juggernaut o’ death, outfitted for mass (scenic) destruction… until it comes up against a cluster of balloons, the strings of which get caught in the drone’s rotors, causing it to tumble to the ground, a lifeless and defeated heap.
Balloons: the Achilles Heel of chainsaws.
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