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This Sensorless Flying Robot Is Like A Drunken Speeder Bike Orb

After putting its rovers on Mars, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab showed the world that billion dollar hardware isn’t always the answer. And researchers at the EPFL are taking the same technology-on-the-cheap approach with a low-cost autonomous flying drone that simply bumps and crashes into everything in its path instead of relying on expensive sensors and software to avoid obstacles.

Watch NASA Crash A Helicopter On Purpose Right Here, Right Now

Want to watch a copter crash live and guilt-free? Of course you do. Well you’re in luck: NASA is serving one up right now.

The Scary, Passenger's Eye View From Inside The Crashed Boeing 737

The newest instalment in the saga of the Southwest 737 aeroplane that skidded to a fiery halt as its nose gear collapsed during landing gives us markedly different perspective than we’ve seen thus far. This time, personal footage has been released from one of the passengers onboard who just happened to be filming as things went awry.

Designing A Dumb Flying Robot That Can Safely Crash Is Easier And Cheaper

As the story goes, when farmers were looking for a better way to deliver tomatos undamaged, they just engineered a more resilient vegetable. And that’s basically the same approach being taken by crash-friendly flying robot researchers at the EPFL.

This 727 Was Deliberately Crashed In The Desert For A TV Show

When a plane crashes in an accident, there’s no shortage of photos and video of the wreckage, while footage of the actual impact is rare. So to appease our morbid curiosity of what really happens when a large airliner crashes, the Discovery Channel deliberately downed a 727 in the desert for an upcoming show.

How Car Crash Modelling Technology Could Predict Drilling Disasters

It’s the billion-dollar question for offshore drilling giants: Could the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been prevented? Researchers at MIT’s Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory may have found at least a partial answer — the same kind of computer modelling that predicts whether car components can hold their own in a crash could also forecast whether pipes will fracture at offshore drilling sites. A fractured pipe can mean the difference between a stable operation and a massive oil spill.

How Did No One Die In This Horrific Crash?

When first responders arrived at the scene of a crash on Indiana’s Sam Jones Expressway they saw the type of accident firefighters dread: A dozen crushed cars and an overturned 18-wheeler. Amazingly, there wasn’t a single fatality. How? [Jalopnik]

Everybody In This Plane Crash Survived

This vintage World War II B-17 bomber crashed this morning causing explosions with fireballs shooting 50 feet in the air. Amazingly, all seven people on board survived the crash without serious injury. The pictures from WGN-TV are absolutely stunning.

Le Mans Driver Walks Away From 320km/h Crash

When an Audi clips a Ferrari at 320km/h during a pass at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this happens. The Audi driver, Alan McNish (seen above, mid-air), walked away from the crash. [The Daily]

Watch This Insta-Roadblock Murderise A 6800kg Truck

If you like your vehicle carnage fast and total, then you’ll probably just maybe be slightly interested in seeing what the Barrier1 Vehicle Arrestor does to a 6800kg truck travelling at 80km/h. Spoiler: it’s a bad day to be a truck.

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