UAS Ground Collision Severity Evaluation (A4)
Right now, the FAA doesn’t allow UAS operations over people. But what is the risk in a ground collision? Are there ways to reduce the risk? The University of Alabama at Huntsville, Mississippi State, Embry Riddle Aeronautical and Kansas Universities are collaborating to conduct computer simulations of UAS ground collisions to find answers to these questions. The research will help the FAA set guidelines for UAS operations over people and possibly set design specifications to reduce ground damage.
Director, Rotorcraft Systems Engineering Simulation Center
University of Alabama in Huntsville