U.S. researchers are flinging small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and their components at pieces of aircraft structure in a speedy effort to provide data on the collision risks that will help the FAA with future rulemaking. Results so far suggest people on the ground can be less concerned about being injured by falling drones, but the argument that a small UAS hitting a manned aircraft will be equivalent to a birdstrike is not standing up to scrutiny. The research is being conducted by ...

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