Virginia Tech has been well out front in development in drone technology and policy for more than a decade, so the latest step for its program is not much of a surprise.
Here’s Tech’s press release on the development:
Virginia’s successful bid for a spot in the Department of Transportation’s UAS Integration Pilot Program is the latest evidence of the state’s dominance in a growing field. It’s also good news for the commonwealth’s residents, who will have a strong voice in the conversations unfolding around drones and their benefits.
Through the program, the Virginia team will seek expedited flight permissions from the Federal Aviation Administration to perform some of the most complex flight testing ever attempted in the U.S.
“Today’s award is recognition that this team has assembled some of the strongest expertise in the nation and has put forward a proposal that will prove critical to shared efforts to safely integrate drones into our communities and airspace,” says Sen. Mark Warner, who put forth Tech’s nomination.”
Over the next three years, the team will explore applications of drone technology that stand to offer Virginians significant benefits, including package delivery, emergency management, and infrastructure inspection.