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.
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.
VaCAS member Tomonari Furukawa is leading an international team that is using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology to develop high-speed, high-accuracy navigation systems for autonomous cars.
The team is demonstrating its mapping technology at the Tokyo Motor Show, one of the largest international venues for the automotive industry.