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NASA advances helicopter survivability

22nd August 2013 - 11:47 GMT | by Tony Skinner in London

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NASA plans to drop a CH-46 Sea Knight fuselage from 30 feet to test improved seat belts and crash-worthy seats as part of a wider strategy to strengthen research into helicopter design.

Scheduled to take place on 28 August as part of the agency’s Rotary Wing Project in the Fundamental Aeronautics Program, the test at the Langley Research Center is intended to simulate a ‘severe but survivable’ helicopter crash. 

A further crash test of a similar helicopter equipped with additional technology, including composite airframe retrofits, is planned for 2014. 

‘NASA will use the results of both tests in efforts

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