Warner applauds Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission

mark-warnerU.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) applauded Governor Terry McAuliffe Friday for establishing an Unmanned Systems Commission to examine how Virginia can strengthen its position in growing the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.

“This technology has enormous potential to transform both the private and public sector,” said Sen. Warner. “Virginia, as home to some of the top defense and technology companies in the country, is uniquely poised to benefit as the possibilities of unmanned aircraft systems are realized. This Commission will focus on ways we can strengthen Virginia’s position to take advantage of all economic and technological development that this growing industry has to offer.”

Sen. Warner has long advocated for the testing and development of UAS technology, having worked with his Virginia and Maryland colleagues to urge federal officials to select the mid-Atlantic region to host a UAS test range for researching the safest and most effective ways to incorporate UAS into the existing airspace. The UAS test site at Virginia Tech – one of six such sites across the country – becameoperational last year.

In his support to establish Virginia as a center for development of this burgeoning technology, Sen. Warner also believes that we can improve integration of UAS, or drones, into the nation’s airspace through a focus on new safety technologies.  Last month, Sen. Warnerurged the U.S. Department of Transportation to take a leading role to defend sensitive airspaces against possible threats posed by rogue UAS.

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.




augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news