As more drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), continue to pepper the skies, it has become important to figure out how they interact with larger flying objects; if there was a collision, what kind of damage could these new machines potentially cause? The impact physics group at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) sought to answer these questions by recording drone crashes on commercial aircraft wings in a controlled environment. Using the Phantom v2012 in order to gather important data, researchers found that, when propelled against the wing at 238 mph, or the approximate combined speed of a drone and plane mid flight, the drone caused significant damage to both the interior and exterior of the wing. The hope is to bring awareness to the importance of drone regulations and help inform on the significance of safeguarding such devices. UDRI's Research group was able to present their findings at the fourth annual Unmanned Systems Academic Summit.

Drone Collision