NBC29: Drone Range Opens in Orange County


People from all over came out to Orange County Monday, August 14, for the grand opening of a drone range.

“Drones really are the wave of the future, and we want to be ahead of that,” Steven King with the MITRE Corporation said. ”It’s exciting that we can be ahead of that here in Orange County.”

King says people with stakes in drone technology across the field will be testing their drones at this facility.

“Un-crewed, aerial surveillance (UAS) technology has such an important value to our first responders, to the intelligence community, to precision agriculture technologies,” 7th District Representative Abigail Spanberger, the key-note speaker at Mondays ribbon cutting, said.

“We just gotten a grant from the federal government and we’re purchasing six drones, and the uses for them will be for search and rescue,” Sheriff Mark Amos said.

Drones are being tested for delivering packages, as well as racing.

Recent Posts

Spanberger Presses Social Security Administration to Address Backlogs & Delays Impacting Virginians

Current Average National Wait Times for an Initial Disability Decision, Reconsideration Decision, & Hearing Decision Range from 229 to 361 Days WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger yesterday pressed the Social Security Administration (SSA) to address backlogs and delays impacting Virginians after receiving an increase in casework requests related to SSA wait times on initial […]

Jul 11, 2024
Local Issues

Spanberger, Virginia Lawmakers Issue Statement on Meeting with Postmaster General DeJoy to Discuss Postal Service Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger and a bipartisan group of Virginia congressional lawmakers released the following statement after meeting with U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to receive a status update on the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) ongoing work to improve service in Virginia while implementing new efficiency reforms. The meeting was attended by […]

ICYMI: Spanberger, Local Police Chiefs Host Public Safety-Focused Telephone Town Hall

Spanberger Was Joined by Prince William County Chief of Police Peter Newsham & Culpeper Chief of Police Chris Settle WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger — a former federal law enforcement officer — last night hosted an open, public telephone town hall focused on addressing community safety concerns and fostering dialogue between residents of Virginia’s […]