This video from NASA examines a new concept in helicopter safety being developed by engineers at NASA Langley’s Landing and Impact Research Facility. The concept—a type of airbag called a deployable energy absorber (DEA)—is designed to help prevent passenger injuries in the event of a crash. It is better able to manage "crush" and "shear" loads, than traditional airbags. The video shows NASA's crash test and summarizes the impact on the four dummies that were used to simulate live passengers. This resource is useful for introducing components of Engineering Design (ETS) from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to grade 9-12 students.
This media asset was adapted from NASA 360: "NASA and the Future of Aeronautics."