How destructive is a collision between a lightweight unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a human? According to a recent test by Danish Aviation Systems (DAS), it's no big deal for the person – if the crash comes from the eBee, the mapping UAV from senseFly.
DAS explains in a post that it flew the aircraft straight onto its CEO's head at a speed of five meters (almost 16.5 feet) per second. DAS reports “not one single scratch” for the exec; however, the eBee ended up with some wing damage.
Video footage shows the man jumping up to meet the vehicle in the air and heading it as if it were a soccer ball. The video explains that the eBee “absorb[s] the impact” during a crash. Of course, though, this is only one type of small UAV – heavier-weight aircraft would not be as kind.
DAS found that the eBee expends 8.75 Joules of energy when it lands on something, while a frisbee and a U.S. football expend 15.8 and 45, respectively.
The full experiment can be found here.
Photo courtesy of senseFly