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Drone Safety

Drone Safety

Biokinetics Drone Safety Lab offers testing and evaluation services for small unmanned aircraft (sUA) involved in accidental impacts with people.  Simulated impacts to a crash dummy head and neck are used to assess the safety risks of drones according to levels set by civil aviation authorities such as the FAA (14 CFR Part 107).  The insight gained will help drone manufacturers, suppliers and operators demonstrate compliance to regulatory requirements allowing drones to be operated over people and to increase the scope of night or BVLOS operations.  Let Biokinetics assist you with compliance, research and engineering evaluations to industry standards (e.g. ASTM F3389 – Method D) or custom programs


Biokinetics’ Drone Safety Lab helps drone manufacturers, aftermarket suppliers and operators meet the latest safety requirements issued by the FAA which, in part, address unintended impacts with people.  Demonstration of compliance with the requirements is essential in gaining authorization for flight over people, where previously, waivers would have been required.  The demonstration requires evaluation of crash dummy head and neck responses from controlled impacts of a drone representing worst case crash conditions.  The responses must remain below threshold values defined by a reference impactor to demonstrate compliance.

Biokinetics has leveraged its four decades of expertise in injury biomechanics and crash testing to develop a rigorous test methodology that fulfills the intent of the FAA’s requirements.  There is a strong focus on the repeatability, traceability and confidence gained with the impact response measurements.  An innovative horizontal, computer-controlled drone accelerator sled was developed by Biokinetics to exceed these exacting requirements ensuring repeatable drone impacts in any impact configuration with minimal risk of damage to the drone from secondary impacts.

Custom testing and evaluation programs can also be developed to simulate different loading conditions or to carry out more exhaustive blunt trauma injury evaluations to the head, neck or body.  Biokinetics is currently configured to meet the FAA to 14 CFR Part 107.120 and Part 107.130, Means of Compliance (MoC), for small unmanned aircraft (sUA) that are 25 kg or less (accreditation pending).  We closely follow industry test methods such as ASTM F3389 - Method D for evaluating drone safety.  Biokinetics adheres to ISO-17025 quality management practices ensuring confidence in data recorded.

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