While chicken flesh isn’t the perfect analog for human flesh, it can still be used to test home much damage a drone rotor could possibly do. The MythBusters decided to see just how dangerous drones are, and setup the following experiment:
Can a home drone kill you? This test with a chicken says maybe!
Fast-spinning blades, when pressed into a soft body, tend to cause damage. The gash they carve into already-dead chicken shows the potential for serious harm, though in the wild it wouldn’t necessarily play out this way: wild birds have attacked drones and brought them down, and escaped seemingly without injury.
Chicken flesh isn’t a perfect analog to human tissue. Ballistic gelatin is a lot closer, and thanks to its transparency frequently used for demonstrating bullet impacts. Since that clarity isn’t needed to show cuts, next time Mythbusters decides to show a drone blade slicing, they could follow the example of this German-made stabbing robot and use a pig carcass instead.
With inherent risk, drones need to be looked at as tools not toys. In the hands of a trained drone operator, a drone is a safe tool. In the hands of a careless amateur, they can be deadly. If you are interested in drones and want to join the drone revolution, then I recommend you review our drone college courses.