A Model of Human Harm from a Falling Unmanned Aircraft: Implications for UAS Regulation is a work that contributes to expanding the body of analysis of the risks posed by small unmanned aircraft and whether the various rules overstate or understate those risks.

Publication Date- July 4, 2016

A Model of Human Harm from a Falling Unmanned Aircraft: Implications for UAS Regulation contains the following major sections:

  • Literature Review
    • Examples of Injuries and Fatalities
    • Setting the Safety Goal
  • UAS-Induced Human Harm Model
    • Impact Energy
    • Probability of Fatality Given Impact
    • Impact Injuries
    • Probability of Impact
    • UAS Failure Rate
    • Safety Goal
    • Estimates of Social Cost
  • Results and Discussion
    • Comparison with UAS Task Force and Micro UAS ARC
    • Effect of Parachutes
    • Failure Rate
  • Conclusion
  • Further Development

Author- Andrew V. Shelley

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