Drones getting sucked into the engines of aircraft is the defining nightmare scenario that has airports buying countermeasures, and the FAA deploying an app. But what if a drone encountering a 747 wouldn’t be as bad as everyone thinks?
A new study uses data from bird strikes to try and model the frequency and severity of crashes we can expect from small quadcopters. Based on collisions with wildlife, the paper estimates we should see one damaging collision for every 1.87 million hours of UAV flight time. Incidents that cause injury or death are far less frequent than that.