Researchers and military representatives met up at the Langley’s Landing and Impact Research facility along with national and international government agencies to do something that has been in the works for three years… they’re going to drop a Marine helicopter 30 feet to the ground.
The NASA drop test featured a Boeing CH-46 fuselage outfitted with:
- 13 crash test dummies complete with monitoring
- 2 non instrumented manikin
- Approximately 40 cameras
- 350 data channels to record movement
The test would only take three seconds, but the impact is instrumental in helping those who design helicopters to develop safer aircraft.