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NASA to Drop Former Marine Helicopter to Test New Airframe Design

NASA engineers will purposely crash a retired U.S. Marine helicopter, retrofitted with various composite subfloors, to see how well an airframe of that material would protect anyone inside the cabin. According to the space exploration agency there is growing interest in carbon airframes, but not a lot of safety testing has been done on a full-scale level to determine its crashworthiness. Wednesday’s experiment at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia will swing a...

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