NASA is about to drop a helicopter's body from 30 feet in the air
because they are NASA and that sounds awesome to test new seatbelts and seats, as well as gain data on crashworthiness, the measure of how safe people will be when the vehicle they're in crashes. The space agency's sharing the video live with the internet at 1 p.m. EDT, so we can all enjoy the experiment, too.
NASA has 40 cameras loaded on the inside and outside of the helicopter's body--or fuselage--and 13 unlucky dummies inside. Also on board is an Xbox Kinect, the motion-sensing Microsoft gadget, which NASA will aim at the dummies in hopes of tracking their movements more accurately.
Pyrotechnics will release the fuselage from a cable, and the dummies will hit the ground going about 30 mph. Fun! But also sounds like a short spectacle, so be sure to stay tuned here at 1 p.m.
I had to re-set up my log-in so that I could post a comment. I sat here and watched the video for 30 minutes from 1PM ET. What a crock, right when the dang helicopter dropped, the video lagged and I missed it. The video didn't lag once from 1PM to 1:30PM before it dropped... This is upsetting, did anyone get this on a recorded video that I can watch again?
Flash video has gotten really sucky lately. HTML 5 or quicktime are far more reliable.
unbelievably stupid 'drop test'....
what a bogus test, your missing wheels, your missing glass your missing rotors and most prob the engine, BUT MOST OF ALL THEY DROPPED IT FROM A FEW METERS!!
lnwolf41 I am trying to figure out why they played 13 minutes of nothing. I ff several times and the end was sadly anti-climatic.
playback was herky jerky constantly loading play a few seconds then load some more. Never did see the drop. Overall should have just skipped the site where playback sucks sooo BADLY. fire the IT guy