Drone AviationÂ has concluded a nighttime flight test ofÂ its commercial tethered unmanned aircraftÂ system under approvalÂ by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The company collaborated with The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech and Aviation Systems Engineering CompanyÂ for the WATT-300Â flight test, Drone Aviation said Wednesday.
Jay Nussbaum, chairman of Drone Aviation, said the WATT-300 tethered drone is built to provide persistent daytime or nighttime monitoring with the use of its optical camera systems.
He added that the partnership with ASEC andÂ VTMAAP aims to demonstrate the potential to integrate WATT-300 with third-party programs.
During the test, the drone usedÂ a gimbaled, dual electro-optical/infrared camera to perform nighttime research activitiesÂ and flew atÂ an altitude of 150 feet.
Drone Aviation said VTMAAP personnel supervised the ASEC pilot whoÂ operated the tethered drone.