How drones do (and don't) threaten airplanes

Published November 10, 2017 This content is archived.


An article in Scientific American about how drones do – and don’t – threaten small, low-flying passenger aircraft after quadcopters crashed into a helicopter and airplane interviews Javid Bayandor, founder and director of UB’s Crashworthiness for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids (CRASH) Lab, who said the hazards vary depending on the type of drone and piloted aircraft involved. “We're not only categorizing the drones and figuring out what their damage footprint would be on different locations on a number of aircraft types and engines,” he said. “We’re also looking into possible damage-mitigation methods."

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