AV News: Virginia Tech Crash Tests Drones

As drone technology advances, so do the safety features that ensure both pilot and pedestrian protection. While most of us would do anything to prevent our drone from crashing, researchers in Virginia are doing just the opposite.

The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) is an FAA-designated drone test site led by researchers at Virginia Tech. Formed in 2013, MAAP tests different drone crash scenarios. MAAP Director Mark Blanks believes that there are two main facets to researching these collisions.

In order to test this theory Blanks and his team fly drones into a crash-test dummy. MAAP then sends their findings to regulating authorities and other industry partners.

Blanks and his team are currently prepping for tests that will simulate mid-flight mechanical failures on both small and large drones.

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