AFRL, Ohio to invest $5M in drone technology at Springfield airport

Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 10:41 AM


            The Air Force Research Laboratory will partner with the state to make a $5 million investment in a sense and avoid detection system for drones at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman.
The Air Force Research Laboratory will partner with the state to make a $5 million investment in a sense and avoid detection system for drones at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman.

The Air Force Research Laboratory will partner with the state to make a $5 million investment in a sense and avoid detection system for drones at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman.

“We expect to be flying sometime soon,” said Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer.

Springfield was among several sites authorities considered close to AFRL headquarters at Wright-Patterson, the Air Force has said.

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When the Air Force is not flying in restricted airspace, state officials have wanted to open the door to commercial firms to test unmanned aircraft in airspace now closed to commercial users, a state official has said.

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