An 18-year-old mechanical engineering student based in Connecticut managed to affix a semi-automatic handgun to a custom-built drone. In a video titled 'Flying Gun' posted on YouTube, the multi-rotor drone is seen floating amongst trees in the student's family's property and firing four shots, recoiling and repositioning itself after each shot.
The contraption's developer Austin Haughwout is a student of Central Connecticut State University. The video was shot on the family's property in Clinton, Connecticut, something which ensured that they didn't break any laws.
However, the Federal Aviation Authority has decided to investigate the project to figure out the implications of the experiment on air safety. While there's no doubt that Haughwout managed quite a feat of engineering and design with his handgun drone, this project also throws up several interesting questions on the applications of drone technology going forward.