Food: Delivery
Heavenly Food   (+7, -1)  [vote for, against]
What you want, When you want, Where you want.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are rapidly advancing. Why not put them to good use in your neighborhood. The next leap in food delivery will be from the air.

Once you have an account established for billing all you need to do is dial up on your GPS enabled phone, or supply your lat/long or UTM coords, and request your delight. Whether it be a refreshing bottle of lemonade half way through your morning jog, a cheeseburger with all the fixin's or some kibbles and bits, we'll prepare it in our kitchen, load it up along with a napkin, condiments, utensils, and send it on its way and drop right above your head. - with a mini parachute of course.

This is no military operation and anyone can order from our diverse menu. No $40 Million Global Hawks need apply, more like a 5 foot wingspan, 6 pound payload vehicle is all that is needed. Something along the lines of a SWARM or a Dragon Eye would be practical, economic and have a much greater range than your local pizza delivery.

So go on your 10 mile hike in the mountains, and leave the food at home, we'll deliver. 30 minute delivery IS guaranteed*

*Not applicable to restricted airspace, hostile territories or areas with large birds of prey.
-- dag, Jul 12 2002

Thats gonna be one expensive delivery charge.
-- [ sctld ], Jul 12 2002


No helmets needed, parachute delivery system gently drops most everything. So far tests indicate eggs will not break. Watermelon tests have not done as well though, but are quite fun.

Cost shouldn't be too bad, the basic vehicles go for less than US$1000 and upkeep is minimal. Over time, it should be cheaper and more dependable than a high school delivery punk.
-- dag, Jul 12 2002


Drop from low altitude orbit and use atmospheric friction to cook it on the way down.

Medium well? Take 'er up another 3000 feet!
-- Mr Burns, Jul 12 2002


Can I lie on my back a get a grape dropped into my mouth?
-- FarmerJohn, Jul 12 2002


Find a big open space. Drop high school delivery punks from the drones. Sell tickets. Make $$$$$$$ !
-- 8th of 7, Jul 12 2002


This is a hell of an idea! How about this: when people make their order, the nearest Heavenly Food station would prepare it, wrap it up, and attack it to a Mylar Balloon? Attached to the food, balloon, and parachute would be a small, cheap computer that can tell what the GPS coordinates are. When the appropriate coordinates are set off, a mechanism pops the balloon and sends the food landing. How about that?

EDIT: Maybe a mylar balloon wouldn't be necessary for delivering food, but it would be a good precaution. Regular latex balloons could work, too.
-- messedrocker, Dec 31 2005


I think the fundamental idea has a good chance of coming true some not-too-distant day. Well, maybe not a burger.
-- bristolz, Dec 31 2005



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