Wanting to demonstrate a brand new way to deliver mail, the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude launched a postal drone that was meant to take a package to a nearby village, but instead decided to obliterate itself mere seconds after taking off.
In video captured by Reuters, folks gathered around to watch the drone take its inaugural flight. It starts off well enough, but quickly descends into nothing short of comedy gold, folks. The unit begins to tip to one side before slamming into the side of a residential building with incredible force, smashing itself to smithereens.
You can hear someone say “GAH!” just before the impact, which only compounds the hilarity. I shit you not, my stomach is sore from laughing. Please watch the video below, it’ll be the best thing you do all day.
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Look at how many pieces that son of a bitch broke into. Goddamn. The footage of a single piece of paper blowing in the wind at the end is simply the perfect way to end the video. I tip my hat to the editor of this bad boy, well done.
Faced with a life of menial labour, the drone instead chose to return itself to the void, a decision I don’t agree with, but one I respect all the same.
Russia has been talking about using postal delivery drones since 2016, and this particular fly boy – made by Rudron/Expeditor 3M – cost an eye-watering $US20,000 ($26,032). Some reckon the high density of Wi-Fi in the area caused the crash, but I still prefer to believe the automaton simply refused to live a life of delivering mail.
Rest in peace, Russian mail drone.Source: The Verge