Quadcopter strikes the wing of an aircraft at an impact speed of 238 mph. This is the result when a quadcopter strikes the wing of an aircraft
Quadcopters are a huge security risk when people choose to ignore the rules and take potentially catastrophic risks while flying drone flights close to airports.
Here is a video of Video Drones smashes into plane’s wing
The clip appears to capture the small device hitting the Southwest Airlines jet as it was taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. After the drone crashes against the wing, parts of the plane appear to crack, before parts of the structure fall away into the air.
With little research having been carried out on the impact of a drone strike on an aircraft, and thankfully very few real-life cases to examine, a team at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) decided to hit the lab to find out more.
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The researchers set about designing a test to mimic a midair collision between a drone and an airplane at an impact speed of 238 miles per hour. Here is its Video
Following calibration work to ensure proper control of the speed, orientation, and trajectory of the drone, the team launched a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter at the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft, a small piston-powered, propeller-driven aircraft.
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You might have expected the quadcopter to shatter on impact, but as you can see in the video above, the mostly plastic flying machine instead tore open the leading edge of the wing as it bore into the airplane.
“While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing,” Kevin Poormon, group leader for impact physics at UDRI, said in an account of the experiment.
UDRI’s test focused on the wing of a small aircraft, but for many people, the real danger lies in impact with jet engines. Bird strikes can ruin an engine, but what about the effects if a drone — which contains harder materials and carries a potentially explosive lithium-ion battery — gets sucked into the engine of a plane shortly after take-off or as it’s coming into land?
To date, there’s only been one recorded incident in the U.S. of a drone colliding with an aircraft. It happened in 2017 over New York City and involved a Phantom 4 and an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. In that particular incident, the quadcopter came off worse.
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