Drone Aviation Holding Corp. (DAC) is collaborating with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) at Virginia Tech to research, test and advance the commercialization of the company’s tethered unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
The organizations have begun flight testing in Jacksonville, Fla., to explore the reliability, safety and commercial-use cases for DAC’s family of tethered drones. Ultimately, they will report the results to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
MAAP at Virginia Tech is one of the six FAA-selected test sites for conducting research to integrate UAS into national airspace.
‘At Virginia Tech, we see tremendous opportunity for tethered-drone technology because of its unique capabilities and safety profile, making it applicable to a large number of applications – from news broadcasting to emergency response and facility security,’ comments Rose Mooney, executive director of MAAP.
DAC says its WATT-200 is designed to safely provide secure and reliable aerial monitoring for extended durations while being tethered to the ground via a high-strength armored tether. The aircraft delivers long flight duration and commercial-grade, real-time video-monitoring capabilities day or night.
‘This ongoing partnership will focus on evaluating the increased safety features and technical advantages of our tethered drones and sharing that data with the FAA for the potential commercial deployment of WATT systems into the national airspace for first responders and commercial entities,” says Jay Nussbaum, chairman of DAC.