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