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chopperdropDec. 14, 2009 – How do you make a helicopter safer to fly? You crash one. NASA aeronautics researchers recently dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet (10.7 m) to see whether an expandable honeycomb cushion called a deployable energy absorber could lessen the destructive force of a crash.


December 14, 2009
By Science Daily

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Dec. 14, 2009 – NASA aeronautics researchers recently dropped a small helicopter
from a height of 35 feet (10.7 m) to see whether an expandable
honeycomb cushion called a deployable energy absorber could lessen the
destructive force of a crash.

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On impact, the helicopter's skid landing gear bent outward, but the
cushion attached to its belly kept the rotorcraft's bottom from
touching the ground. | READ MORE


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