Protective cushion for helicopters

2010-01-20

in Geek stuff, Science

Here’s a neat idea: a protective expandable honeycomb cushion for helicopters. They are rather dangerous machines, compared with fixed-wing aircraft, so anything that reduces the lethality of crashes would be welcome. Apparently, a test was conducted with a helicopter going 53 km/h and falling over 10m. Not only did the crash test dummies indicate that the accident would have been survivable for those inside, but the helicopter was in good enough shape to repair for a second trial.

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