Drop High Explosives From a Drone

About: Professionally I have been a summer camp counselor, a Draftsman/designer, salesperson, bicycle mechanic, laminate flooring machine mechanic, teacher, and designer of the OP Loftbed. Personally I am a human...

This was not my idea. A coworker and I were talking about drones and he told me of this addition to your drone to drop bang snaps.

Bang snaps ,"Devil Bangers", "Lil' Splodeys", Throwdowns, snap-its, poppers, whack-pops, poppies, pop-its, snappers, Snap Dragons, whip'n pops, Pop Pop Snappers, whipper snappers, fun snaps, party snaps, pop pops , whiz-bangers, cherry poppers, snap'n pops or "'bangers"') whatever you want to call them contain silver fulminate which is a high explosive. So if anyone asks what you did last weekend, you could tell them that you were dropping high explosives from your drone.

I have shown this in another instructable, but I was only dropping colorful ribbons.

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Step 1: Warnings!

Like most of my Instructables, This could be dangerous or against the law (depending on the laws where you live) It is your responsibility to be safe and check with local laws pertaining to drone usage. If you are confronted by law enforcement, good luck. I also recommend not being bare footed while using hot glue.

Step 2: Flipping Drone

You will need a flipping drone. A lot of the lower price drones have a flipping function. It is usually a button that you push that makes the drone flip. Sometimes it takes a series of button pushes or a combination of button push and joystick input. The flip is important because that is what will drop the rainbow. The drone I used was a Syma X5SC but there are many flipping drones that can be had for between $20 to $60. There are more expensive drones capable of doing flips but you could run the risk of crashing your drone.

Step 3: Tools and Materials

The only tools you need are a hot glue gun and a pair of scissors (I used the scissors on a small Swiss army Knife).

The Materials I used were a used Keurig cup (super light weight and easy to cut) and some party snaps, that I got at a party store.

Step 4: Cut the Cup

To prepare the cup just cut the top off. The first cut I made was rough, so I made a second smoother cut. You could experiment with different cuts at different angles that might release the payload better, but I found that just a straight cut near the top worked well. You will also want to clean out the inside of the cup.

Step 5: Hot Glue the Cup to the Top of the Drone

I used just a small dab of hot glue, on the bottom of the cup, to glue it to the center of the top of the drone. You want to make sure that the props can spin without hitting the cup.

Step 6: Load the Drone

All you have to do to load the drone is place one or more poppers in the cup.

Step 7: Flip the Drone and Drop the High Explosives!

Fly the drone and do a flip. The party poppers should fall out of the cup and snap on the ground. I say should, because sometimes they might not fall out or they might get popped by the props, but sometimes they will fall out as planned and pop on the ground.

Step 8: Video

As usual, I made a video.

Thanks for viewing and enjoy.

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    jkimball

    Tip 19 days ago

    Be very Very VERY careful with this!

    You may know (or think) that this is safe and harmless, but all it will take is one neighbor who doesn't, and you could be facing some serious legal problems.

    The FAA has started taking a firm stance about attaching weapons to drones:
    https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=94424

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    CHARLESCRANFORDjkimball

    Reply 18 days ago

    Thank you for the comment. I tried to point out in the warning step that it could be illegal, where you live, and in the title of my video is "do not try this". The laws on drones are changing as quickly at drones are evolving. Sometimes the laws are vague on purpose, like a dangerous weapon being, "any item that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury." I don't think that a handful of party snaps could cause death or serious bodily injury, but if you dropped them, from a drone, on your neighbor, you would probably have law enforcement confronting you. But also if you threw them on your neighbor, you could be in trouble. All that being said, it is a lot of fun to drop party snaps from a drone. Thank you again for the comment.