This week, NASA’s Langley Research Center published a video of the crash-test-dummies whose horrifying accidents make air and space travel safer for their human counterparts. The dummies keep humans secure by giving scientists key data about whether bodies bend. And also Interval under various crash conditions. So they are outfitted with devices and sensors and can vary in size from 105 to 220 pounds to reproduce a range adult human bodies.
Then, the dummies strap into the seats of both spacecraft and aircraft and dropped. In March 2017, for example, 10 dummies and a whole lot of baggage from an unclaimed baggage center in Alabama really load among an airplane’s fuselage. Which was dropped 14 feet onto hard grime? The bags damaged the plane’s floor in some spots, but the dummies tolerated no major injuries. That information will be key for setting security values for new planes.
NASA researchers also used dummies in a sequence of crash tests in 2016 for the Orion crew capsule. Which is mean to one day bearing astronauts to deep space and back again. When it returns, the plan is for it to splashdown in the pacificatory ocean, slowed by three chief parachutes. NASA used a twin of dummies one small and one big in a mockup of the Orion capsule and tested them by dropping it among a 20-foot-deep pool, called the Hydro Impact Basin.
The researchers crash tested both clothed and naked dummies to find the best feeling for how a helmet and spacesuit would change the pathway the body moves. The reality is that in the finish, as expensive as these dummies are, they do not find a lot of honor. So, to the daring dummies at NASA permanent helicopter crashes, fuselage drops, and water landings in mockup spacecraft, we salute you. The security of NASA astronauts and air travelers alike rests on your battered shoulders and necks and heads.