UAS Runway At Wallops Island

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VA Governor Terry McAuliffe visited NASA Wallops Flight Facility for a ribbon-cutting on an unmanned drone runway. The $5.8 million state-funded project, officially known as the MARS UAS Airfield, is designed to be a testing area for drones and other unmanned aircraft for both government and commercial organizations. Wallops Island is an ideal location to research high altitude drones, as the airfield is surrounded by 75 square nautical miles of restricted airspace of unlimited altitude and is available 24/7. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Governor McAuliffe boarded an Aurora Centaur, hybrid aircraft that can be operated by pilot or remotely from a ground control station, and flew in the plane over Wallops Island.