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Why your helicopter seat feels like a brick

from By Mark Huber

NASA drop-tested a surplus Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter on Aug. 28 with the goal of gleaning new data on rotorcraft crashworthiness and seat belt design. The hulk will be rigged with 40 cameras, numerous sensors and 13 crash dummies. The test is part of NASA's Rotary Wing Project, and the study promises to shed more light on occupant survivability and one day could lead to helicopter interiors that are not only safer, but also more comfortable. more

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