WINCHESTER — You may see some unusual activity in the skies above Winchester next week as the city tests the capabilities of aerial drones.
Drones are remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft used for purposes ranging from recreation to warfare. Winchester’s Emergency Management Department owns five of the devices and has 10 trained pilots that have used them for things like searching for hot spots during structure fires.
Starting Monday, the city will be conducting tests to further explore the potential uses of drones. Specifically, the tests will determine the feasibility of using drones to:
According to a media release from Rouss City Hall, next week’s tests will be conducted by the Virginia Beach-based company DroneUp in partnership with city staff and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the nonprofit operations arm of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority.
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