Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flying to Capitol Hill

September 16, 2010

OGDEN, Utah – A team from Weber State University’s aviation initiative has been invited to present their work at the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Caucus Technology Fair Sept. 22 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Representatives from WSU will exhibit their new quadcopter, known as the “Surveiller.” The device is a remotely piloted aircraft designed and manufactured by WSU staff. The unmanned aerial vehicle can be used by law enforcement to photograph accident scenes or to take video footage in natural disasters without the cost and safety issues of putting personnel on the ground. It also may have applications for military operations.

The WSU craft is a nearly-silent vehicle capable of remote autonomous aerial observation at short to medium ranges. The Surveiller can be launched from any flat surface and can be flown around obstructions to surveil any target. Fitted with an HD camera package the Surveiller transmits both live video and still photography to the ground station.

The technology was developed as part of WSU’s aviation initiative, a campus effort that supports the nation’s aviation and aerospace industries by conducting contracted applied scientific and engineering research for industry partners.

The UAV Fair offers an opportunity for members of congress, Capitol Hill staff and the public to view and interact with the latest technology from America’s unmanned aerial systems. Representatives from industry, government, law enforcement and other sectors will display their work at the fair.

The exhibit will be held in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.
Contact:
Bradley Stringer, executive director aviation initiative
801-626-6400 • bradleyjstringer@weber.edu
Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu

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