Virginia Governor Terry McAulliffe visits Virginia Tech
August 13, 2014 — The FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Virginia Governor Terry McAullife visited the Virginia Smart Road in Blacksburg, VA to watch a simulation of police using a UAV to survey the damage of a mock crash scene. This was part of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site program. Check out the video below.
Tobacco Farm Flight (South Hill, VA)
September 14, 2013 — The Unmanned Systems Laboratory conducted a flight at R. Hart Hudson Farm, South Hill, VA to image tobacco plants using an NIR camera. This allowed for the automatic identification of highly stressed crops, and the ability to segment bleached tobacco leaves from green leaves. Check out the video to see the RMAX in action!
Ground Robot Deployment and Tension Control
April 26, 2011 — One of the Unmanned System’s Laboratory’s most recent flights demonstrated, for the first time, deployment of a robotic ground vehicle which has been under development at the lab. The robot is paired with a helicopter-mounted winch system, which raises and lowers the robot and provides emergency release functionality. Watch the video for details (available in HD)!
Stereovision Data Collection Flight
April 14, 2011 — Today’s brilliantly sunny April weather gave the USL the perfect opportunity to conduct a stereovision test flight. During this flight, at the Kentland Farms location outside of Blacksburg, the stereo boom system (two cameras and an IMU) gathered data and took a series of pictures for 3D reconstruction back at the lab. Check out the video to see the flight and results (available in HD).