HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - NASA dropped part of a military helicopter from about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats Wednesday.
The experiment at Langley Research Center in Hampton involved a 45-foot-long fuselage from a former Marine helicopter dropped onto a bed of soil.
Lead test engineer Martin Annett says nearly 40 cameras positioned inside and outside will record how 13 crash test dummies react before, during and after impact.
The helicopter hit the ground at about 30 miles an hour under conditions that are meant to be severe, but survivable.
The test is a joint effort of NASA, the Navy, Army and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The research ultimately will be used to try to design better and safer helicopters.
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