SU students test out drone safety

Syracuse University students tested out drone safety by dropping them on test dummies to see just how much damage they can do.

Whether you're in a gusty turbulent environment or just happen to have a battery failure--what happens when a drone that's flying in the air falls unexpectedly?

"So, let's imagine your drone runs out of power at 25 ft above a group of people. That thing comes down. We want to know what the impact would be on a human sitting there," says Mark Glauser, SU Engineering professor.

Trying to get a better understanding of what the negative impacts could be on a human. SU grad students came together to test the hits on dummies and pork ribs.

"We have senses from the head to the neck and also to the chest so, by dropping the drone on the dummy it's going to give us impact. So, basically we can get a kinetic energy out of these and we can quantify the data later on," says Samuel Banahene, SU grad student.

"We're mainly focusing on commercial drone failure. Drones flying over crowds over sports events," says Dominic DiDominic, SU student.

Dropping the drones from 25 ft in the air from different angles let the students see various ways someone could get seriously hurt.

"One of the things we could give advice to or guidance to the drone manufacturer is minimize sharp parts on your drone. Maybe if your drone is going to fail, you could design it to allow it to fail in a more safe way," says Glauser.