Researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center are testing the "deployable energy absorber" with the help of a helicopter donated by the Army and crash test dummies
A sort of "honeycomb airbag" created to cushion future astronauts may end up in helicopters to help prevent injuries (Photos: NASA/Sean Smith)
According to NASA, the way to make a helicopter safer is to crash it – under strict guidance, of course. In order to test the effectiveness of a new "airbag" system - which is actually an expandable honeycomb cushion called a deployable energy absorber - NASA aeronautics researchers at Langley loaded four crash test dummies into a small chopper and, well, dropped it.
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