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Virginia Commercial Space Authority Opens Nation’s First Runway Dedicated to Unmanned Vehicles at Wallops

Ribbon cutting ceremonies are set tomorrow (5/18) for the nation’s first airfield dedicated to autonomous vehicles…drones.

Dale Nash is Executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority. He said, “We are celebrating the opening of the first purpose built unmanned systems runway in the U.S. that is 3,000 feet long 75 feet wide, with a hardened concrete pad at one end for large vertical takeoff drones.”

The facility will be used by the government, universities, laboratories, state agencies and commercial customers to test unmanned systems. “…and we have customers lined up and ready to go,” said Nash.

NASA approved use of the restricted space and the commonwealth paid for it, and Governor McAuliffe will fly in an unmanned Centaur vehicle as part of the ceremony.