The State of Ohio and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Dayton have invested $5 million to install a ground-based sense-and-avoid radar system at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Springfield, Ohio. The system gives the airport the unique capability of flying drones beyond the operator’s visual line of sight. AFRL will use the system initially to test unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), but universities and private companies will also be able to conduct testing at the airport pending Federal Aviation Administration approval. The Ohio UAS Center manages SkyVision and supports the research and development, testing, certification, and commercialization of UAS systems.
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