Of course, no sane person would subject themselves to being hit by a flying drone, but researches at Aalborg University in Denmark used a piece of pork and a propeller catapult to simulate the impact bare flash would suffer if hit by a drone. And it isn’t pretty.
The team uses a 3-meter aluminum catapult that can accelerate a 1-kilogram drone up to 15 meters per second. This is relatively fast, but many drones are capable of reaching similar speeds. The collision is filmed with a high-speed camera at over 3000 frames per second.
The catapult is still being developed, and the plan is to refine and improve it to push bigger drones at larger speeds.