How Badly Can a Drone Hurt You?

As more and more drones are taking flight, safety concerns are growing.

Syracuse University students are dropping drones on purpose to see how much damage they can actually do.

Whether you’re in a gusty turbulent environment or just happen to have a battery failure, what happens when a drone that’s flying in the air falls unexpectedly?

” So, let’s imagine your drone runs out of power at 25 feet above a group of people. That thing comes down. We want to know what the impact would be on a human sitting there,” says engineering professor Mark Glauser.

Trying to get a better understanding of what the negative impacts could be on a human, SU grad students came together to test the hits on dummies and pork ribs.

” We have senses from the head to the neck and also to the chest – so, by dropping the drone on the dummy it’s going to give us impact,” says grad student Samuel Banahene. We’re mainly focusing on commercial drone failure.

Dropping the drones from 25 feet in the air from different angles let the students see various ways someone could get seriously hurt.

” One of the things we could give advice to or guidance to the drone manufacturer is minimize sharp parts on your drone,” Glauser said. “Maybe if your drone is going to fail, you could design it to allow it to fail in a more safe way.”

… mimicking realistic scenarios in a controlled environment to minimize injuries that can take place.

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