Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems

Craig Woolsey and Jon Greene
FAA test site map
Autonomous helicopter

VaCAS Spotlight

Virginia Tech’s unmanned aerial vehicle
research featured on C-SPAN

Craig Woolsey, VaCAS director, and Jon Greene, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership interim executive director, were interviewed for C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Program.

Woolsey discussed the history of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), current challenges in developing reliable autonomous systems, and regulatory concerns.

Greene talked about Virginia Tech’s unmanned aircraft systems test site, one of six sites chosen by the FAA to lead UAV research.

FAA selects Virginia Tech as one of six
sites for unmanned aircraft research

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen Virginia Tech to lead an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site. Virginia Tech will operate one of six sites that will work to safely integrate UAS into the United States airspace by a 2015 target.

Research activities at Virginia Tech will include UAS failure mode testing as well as operational and technical risk analysis. The site is expected to stimulate local economic development.

Aviation initiative to get $2.6 million from
Virginia to test unmanned aircraft systems

The Commonwealth of Virginia is awarding more than $2.6 million to Virginia Tech to operate an unmanned aircraft systems test site. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, led by Virginia Tech and Rutgers University, will use the site to test drones for industry and government clients.

The Partnership estimates that the unmanned aircrafts industry could boost Virginia's economy by $45-$164 million and create 180-860 jobs in the commonwealth by 2023.