Drones Versus People: Potential Injuries

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Drones Versus People: Potential Injuries


The FAA has released a study that identifies three main types of injuries that may occur when drones collide with people:

  • Blunt force trauma – the most significant contributor to fatalities
  • Lacerations from blades
  • Penetration injuries

The study was the result of research conducted by a consortium which includes the University of Alabama-Huntsville; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Kansas, through the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). “ASSURE represents 23 of the world’s leading research institutions and 100 leading industry and government partners. It began the research in September 2015.”

More than 300 publications from the automotive industry and consumer battery market, as well as toy standards and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) database were reviewed by the group. The group also conducted “crash tests, dynamic modeling, and analyses related to kinetic energy, energy transfer, and crash dynamics.”

The findings were subjected to a rigorous peer review by NASA, the Department of Defense, FAA chief scientists, and other subject matter experts.

ASSURE will begin their second phase of research in June 2017 which will study the risks of collisions with aircraft.

The report on the ASSURE research and two video files are available at http://pr.cirlot.com/faa-and-assure-announce-results-of-ground-collision-study/





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