Drone park construction nearly complete, creates research possibilities

Published: Sep. 19, 2017 at 7:10 PM EDT
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Drones will soon fly freely at Virginia Tech without government restrictions.

It will happen inside an enclosed Drone Park that's nearly finished on campus.

Crews worked Tuesday putting up nets. The 80 foot tall cage allows students and researchers to fly drones outside in a controlled environment without the constraints of the FAA.

It eliminates red tape researchers have to cross when experimenting with drones outdoors.

"This allows our Virginia Tech students to have the opportunity to go right out the back door of a classroom, right down the street and test out a brand new prototype, some kind of new algorithm, or other software or technology, without having to worry about approvals and also in a very safe environment," said Mark Blanks, the director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.

The one million dollar project is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S.