Virginia Tech: How Much Injury Can a Drone Crash Cause? It Depends.

At the beginning of this year, Virginia Tech, a longtime unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) researcher and home to one of the federal drone test sites, announced it would be using dummies to test the potential impact of drone crashes on humans.Now, the university has revealed the results of the peer-reviewed academic study, which shows there is a wide variation in the risk

Now, the university has revealed the results of the peer-reviewed academic study, which shows there is a wide variation in the risk UAS pose to people on the ground.According to Virginia Tech, before drones can be flown regularly over humans, we need to understand what injuries the aircraft could potentially cause and what design features, operational

According to Virginia Tech, before drones can be flown regularly over humans, we need to understand what injuries the aircraft could potentially cause and what design features, operational limitations, and regulations could help prevent them.Thus, the university’s injury biomechanics group and

Thus, the university’s injury biomechanics group and UAS test site teamed up to conduct the study, offering quantitative data on injury risk associated with potential drone-human collisions.

The research, published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, assessed head and neck injury risk from three small, commercially available aircraft in a variety of scenarios. According to the university, it represents a critical step toward developing UAS safety standards that can minimize the risk of catastrophic or fatal injury from operations over people.

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