The unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test site at the University of Maryland (UMD) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly the UAV Solutions Talon 240 fixed-wing UAS at the Crisfield Municipal Airport.
As announced by UAV Solutions Inc., the test site‘s team was granted its first Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to operate the electric-powered UAS with an endurance of 2.5-3.5 hours and a payload capacity of 12 pounds with nose mount and belly pan payload positions.
The 136-pound Talon 240, with a lightweight carbon fiber and Kevlar design, has a 20-foot wingspan and a modular battery compartment. The UAS can be launched by a pneumatic aircraft launcher or from the back of a pickup truck, and it is landed via belly recovery.
“Use of the Talon 240 to demonstrate safe and responsible integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the airways will contribute to the advancement of the use of this technology in the National Airspace System,” says Bill Davidson, CEO of UAV Solutions.
The first flights will take place in December, according to UMD.