CALIFORNIA, Md. — The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA to conduct tests with a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), the Talon 240, designed and manufactured by UAV Solutions, of Jessup, Md.
“This flight authorization is significant because it builds on the existing relationship between the University of Maryland and the Navy, and applies our mutually disciplined research approaches to the cutting edge of civil and commercial unmanned aviation,” said Dr. Darryll Pines, Farvardin Professor and Dean of the UMD A. James Clark School of Engineering.
With a 20-foot wingspan, the Talon 240 can fly for up to three and a half hours. The Talon was designed for use by military and universities needing a platform to conduct operations and research.
The test site will conduct its inaugural research flight in Somerset County this December.