This is what your naked body would look like if it was hit by a drone

Apr 16, 2016

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This is what your naked body would look like if it was hit by a drone

Apr 16, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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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.

Of course, some things are obvious. You don’t need a simulation to realize that sticking your hands in the propeller path is not a wise thing to do.

The following to movies show what happens to a piece of pork when hit with a plastic (top movie) or carbon (lower movie) propeller:

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The propellers both break, but the flesh is also severely injured.

[Aalborg University’s Drone Research Lab via gizmodo]

 

 

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7 responses to “This is what your naked body would look like if it was hit by a drone”

  1. Josofa Harris Avatar
    Josofa Harris

    If the drone was on a fixed rail system. Why not use an actual drone to do the tests?

  2. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    lot of flaws with this test. The “flesh” is immovable and human would recoil from the impact which would degrade the severity.

    1. Louigie Avatar
      Louigie

      Not so. The speed in which those things come at you doesn’t give you enough time to pull away. It’s carving into your arm before you have the reflex to pull away. My right arm looked like a Manatee for a month after the blade from a Ph 2 spun three times before I had time to pull away.

  3. TheInconvenientRuth Avatar
    TheInconvenientRuth

    Didn’t Mythbusters already do this..?

  4. Fyrblade Avatar
    Fyrblade

    Severely injured? All I see is a prop breaking – how bout some look at the damage?

  5. John H Avatar
    John H

    I think a bare flash might break if hit by a drone.

  6. Dragos.N Avatar
    Dragos.N

    This test is a fake. First, the glide is very heavy and fixed on the rail. If it wasn’t on the rail, the hole system will bounce on a side, and the penetration would be minimal, if any.