University of Maryland opens drone test site

Local drone business planning to flyUniversity of Maryland officials on Tuesday announced the launch of a new test site to study how drones may coexist with jets, helicopters and other air traffic in U.S. airspace.

The long-planned site is to be based near Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Southern Maryland, long a key research site for the Navy. It will be managed by the A. James Clark School of Engineering at College Park.


“With [Pax River] serving as a premier facility for research, development, testing, and evaluation, our region is already a hub for aviation innovation,” Rep. Steny Hoyer, whose district includes the university and the test site, said in a statement. “Today’s launch of the UAS Test Site will put Southern Maryland at the forefront of integrating unmanned autonomous systems into our national airspace.”
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