Congratulations, people. We’re so out of shape that NASA and the FAA are now having to use obese crash test dummies in order to accurately model the outcome of emergency scenarios.
Recent video out of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia shows a collaboration between the spacefaring agency and the FAA to determine how well airplanes that do not contain any metallic parts can withstand crashes.
Ten test dummies were strapped into a cross-section cut out of a new jet build that also included a simulated cargo hold packed with baggage. The ring-shaped rig was hoisted up 14 feet into the air before being sent crashing to the ground at a speed of 30 feet per second.
While most of the test dummies were based on the average male body, researchers were forced to include a body type that is bulkier than 95 percent of men. To round things out, they also included a female dummy that is only 5 feet tall and weighs in at 110 pounds.
The trial determined that none of the ten dummies would likely sustain injury in a similar crash scenario, but the baggage did end up ripping through the subfloor separating the passengers from the cargo hold.