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Airborne Collision Severity Evaluation - Structural Impact

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Wichita State University’s National Institute of Aviation Research, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Montana State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University make up the ASSURE COE research team. This follow-on study builds on our previous work aimed to understand the physical effects of an air-to-air collision between a small UAS (sUAS) and both a Narrow Body Commercial Aircraft and Business Jets operating under FAR 25 requirements. For this next progression of Airborne Collision Severity Evaluation work, the FAA has asked ASSURE to focus on three major research areas:

  • Identify the probability of impact deflection due to the sUAS’ interaction with the target aircraft’s boundary layer prior to impact.
  • Evaluate the severity of sUAS collisions with Rotorcraft.
  • Evaluate the severity of sUAS collisions with General Aviation.

Project Lead
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Dr. Gerardo Olivares
Director & Senior Research Scientist
Computational Mechanics and Crash Dynamics Laboratories
National Institute for Aviation Research