Liberty plays key role in Virginia’s selection as drone test site

Liberty students test a drone during a certification exercise.

On Dec. 30, the Federal Aviation Administration authorized six public entities across the U.S. to research and test Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones). Among them is a joint venture between universities in New Jersey and Virginia, including Liberty University. This is a step forward in the FAA’s effort to incorporate drones into the national airspace by 2015.

The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), led by Virginia Tech, has been selected by the FAA to conduct UAS failure-mode testing as well as identify and evaluate operational and technical risk areas. The proposal includes test site ranges across Virginia and New Jersey

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