Comment: Right idea, wrong implementation

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Right idea, wrong implementation

I can't see any accuracy when including a parachute. It just seems like a missed opportunity.

Last year, I helped one of our sons lay out a mechanical engineering senior project to do this fully autonomously. It was ultimately rejected but we based it on a hover point that was about 5 feet above the target and slowing lowering. Upon ordering, the customer's phone app would display a full screen QR code to the drone which facilitated the transaction and provided the target. The product (pizza and 2-liter bottles for homes, hot dogs and drinks for public) was hung from a cord and magnetically locked in place. When the customer took the weight off the cord, it released the magnet, the cord let loose and the weight shift started the quad-copter on its journey back to home base. We estimated that we could reach a mile radius in 150 seconds and with swappable battery packs and multiple copters, we could serve a dozen at a time. As a delivery service for businesses, we could deliver 4+ pounds to and from any nearby locations for about 20 cents of power.

His instructor opted instead for a car the followed a line on the ground and circled specific colored cones autonomously. It was still a pretty interesting project to follow but there was no beer reward. :(