The University of Maryland (UMD) plans to start unmanned aerial system (UAS) research and testing at Crisfield Municipal Airport in Somerset County, Md., in either April or May.
The airport is not only close to both UMD's Eastern Shore campus and Wallops Flight Facility, but it also boasts unrestricted airspace, according to an article by delmarvanow.com.
Although UMD was not selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate one of six national test sites, the university is part of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership – a collaboration between New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia and each state's leading universities that supports UAS integration into U.S. national airspace. The FAA did select Virginia Tech as a test site operator in late December 2013.
The Crisfield airport may need some infrastructure upgrades, such as a new building and communications tower. Research will also be conducted at St. Mary's County Regional Airport, Wallops Island and Naval Air Station Patuxent River's Webster Field.
Read the full delmarvanow.com article here.