What Happens When A Drone Hits A Pork Roast?

A research lab in Denmark has put in the effort to find out

Drone Meets Pork

Drone Meets Pork

A tenderloin embrace.Aalborg University’s Drone Research Lab

For all the speculation about danger from consumer drones, there's surprisingly little research on what, exactly, happens when a spinning rotor hits flesh. Mythbusters demonstrated that a drone can cut chicken. Now, a team at Aalborg University's Drone Research Lab in Denmark have filmed what happens when a rotor, spinning at full speed, hits a pork roast:

For contrast, here is that same encounter, filmed at normal speed:

This is just the early stage of testing. The laboratory catapult can hurtle a 2-pound drone at a piece of meat or other target at 33 mph, which is about the size of a typical small drone, and about the top speed they fly. Still, the team urges caution before reading too much into this. From the Drone Research Lab:

The first attempts are interesting because they clearly show what could happen when a regular hobby drone hits a human being. But it’s too early to conclude anything, emphasizes Anders la Cour-Harbo. Particularly in the tests simulating collisions with people, it is necessary to do it absolutely right and verify that the results are reliable. The university is thus working with Aalborg University Hospital to conduct experiments that can help us better understand how dangerous drones really are.

After all, anyone can demonstrate that drones cut meat. It takes true scientists to show that it happens repeatedly, and then to translate those experiment results carefully into implications for life outside the lab. Watch a longer cut of it in slow motion below: