Georgia Tech researchers test drones at Army base

Posted at 9:14 AM, Jun 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-07 05:18:11-04

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are working with the military at Fort Benning to test the ability of drones to perform tasks that may help in reconnaissance missions.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Georgia Tech is performing experiments with the aircraft because the research university has signed an agreement with the Army to share technology.

With more than 225 miles of restricted airspace, Georgia Tech can perform tests at Fort Benning that it couldn't conduct in metro Atlanta.

On Wednesday, a small Piper Cub aircraft loaded with special sensors and gadgets flew on auto pilot shortly after it took off Wednesday from a dirt air strip at the Army base. Three other miniature Piper Cubs and a drone-type aircraft called the Boomer UAS were used as part of the tests.


Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,