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Monday, January 5, 2015

FAA Approves UMD UAS Test Site

The University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, located in California, Md., has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA to fly the Talon 240, designed and manufactured by UAV Solutions, Inc. of Jessup, Md. This authorization resulted from the first use of UMD’s airworthiness process, the only known university airworthiness process that is modeled after the U.S. Navy’s rigorous standards for ensuring the safety and reliability of its manned and unmanned aircraft.

With a 20-foot wingspan, the Talon 240 can fly for up to 3 1/2 hours. The Talon was designed for use by the military and universities needing a proven platform to conduct operations and research.

Related: UAV News

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