Homebuilt UAV hunts down hydrogen balloons, shoots firework missiles (video)

Sean Hollister
S. Hollister|01.30.11

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Homebuilt UAV hunts down hydrogen balloons, shoots firework missiles (video)

Augmented reality
is swell, don't get us wrong, but it's no substitute for the real thing -- especially when that thing is a badass tricopter equipped with a jury-rigged firework cannon to rain down miniature hell. Swedish R/C enthusiasts built this first-person flying contraption to carry out a single mission -- destroy a series of hydrogen-filled balloons -- which will hopefully be hard-coded into future automatons too. After all, balloons could serve as an excellent distraction when they inevitably come for you. Still, there's no need to worry quite yet, so kick back and enjoy the video above while you contemplate humanity's end.
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