Drone runway opening at Wallops Island

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s governor has helped launch a $5 million runway dedicated to drone research and development on the Eastern Shore.

The office of Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a press release Thursday that he also flew in an aircraft that can be piloted remotely.

The Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/2riirWy ) that NASA Wallops Flight Facility says the governor wouldn’t use the new runway, but on one of NASA’s larger airstrips on its main base a few miles away. A pilot was aboard the plane as backup.

Virginia Space, which manages the state-owned Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, is seeking customers for the airstrip. Officials say the 3,000-foot long runway built for unmanned aerial vehicles or systems on the north end of the island is the only one of its kind in the country.

Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com/

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