BLACKSBURG, Va. — Construction is underway of a new cage at Virginia Tech that will allow students and researchers to experiment with drones.

The Roanoke Times reports that the 80-foot-tall cage will use netting to contain drones and be considered an indoor facility where Federal Aviation Administration rules on outdoor drone flights won’t apply.

Mark Blanks isdirector of Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership. He says the cage will spur innovation by allowing researchers to bypass red tape. Blanks believes the cage will be the biggest in the country.

Construction on the $1 million project should be finished by September.


Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com