A week-long field market research demonstration of unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones, concluded on July 31 at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in support of the United States Army’s unmanned ground vehicle program.
The tallest drone park in the country has been used by aspiring pilots, experienced aviators, and innovative researchers, and hosted everyone from a Daisy Scout troop to a nationally ranked drone racing team.
After several years of research and testing with the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, drone-delivery company Wing has become the first to receive federal authorization for commercial deliveries.
After years of increasingly sophisticated research on systems to handle an anticipated influx of drone traffic, the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership will get the chance to help shepherd the technology toward implementation.
The Sept. 5 meeting provides a forum for Virginia Tech's thriving community of drone users to learn more about the policy, which balances the technology's incredible potential for research and education with the unique considerations of operating in a campus environment.
A popsicle arrived in a Blacksburg backyard as part of the most advanced drone-delivery testing ever performed in the United States, conducted by Wing and the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.
As drone flights from the entertaining to the lifesaving, and all the more quotidian ones in between, become more common, the systems coordinating those missions behind the scenes will become increasingly critical.