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High-Bypass UAS Engine Ingestion Test

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The inclusion of large numbers of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) may pose unique hazards to other aircraft sharing the airspace. It is necessary to determine the potential severity of sUAS mid-air collisions with aircraft to define an Equivalent Level of Safety to manned aviation. H.R. 636 -FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, Section 2212, Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Manned Aircraft Collision Research, mandated the condition of UAS research to determine the impact severity of ground and airborne collisions. Since there is no similarity of a UAS to any other foreign body currently being regulated, understanding the severity of the ingestion event is critical to be able to estimate the extent of damage encountered in a typical incident/accident. To aid in the longevity of the information gathered during this research, high fidelity data gathering, instrumentation and model validation is crucial for future FAA regulatory and policy development surrounding safe UAS integration into the NAS.


Project Lead
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Kiran D'Souza
Director | Nonlinear Dynamics & Vibration Lab
Associate Director | Gas Turbine Lab
Associate Professor | Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering