To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

NASA advances helicopter survivability

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


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

Already have an account? Log in

Want to keep reading this article?

Read this Article

Get access to this article with a Free Basic Account

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 1 free story per week
  • Personalised news alerts
  • Daily and weekly newsletters
Create account

Unlimited Access

Access to all our premium news as a Premium News 365 Member. Corporate subscriptions available.

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 14-day free trial (cancel at any time)
  • Unlimited access to all published premium news
Start your free trial
Tony Skinner


Tony Skinner

Tony Skinner is Shephard Media's Creative Director, overseeing the strategic direction, content development and project …

Read full bio

Share to