Virginia Tech

Applied Research, Testing and Support for Air, Land, and Sea Vehicles

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute:

  • Smart Road testbed, Virginia Automated and Connected Corridors
  • Center for Automated Vehicle Systems

Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership:

  • Leader among 6 FAA test sites
  • Conducted more than 40% of total hours flown nationally

Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems:

  • Topics in control, navigation, mobility and vehicle development
  • Applications including science, security and commerce
  • Access to the some of the nation’s finest facilities for RDT&E of cyberphysical systems (including unmanned vehicles), advanced materials and structures, aero/propulsion systems and more.

Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development:

  • Industry gateway to finding university assets
  • Liaison for state, regional and local economic developers

College of Engineering: Among the best in the nation

  • U.S. News & World Report (“America’s Best Colleges 2014”)
  • Undergraduate engineering program ranks 6th among public universities
  • Graduate engineering program ranks 12th among public universities
  • Wall Street Journal, 2013: Undergraduate Program ranks 5th among employers

Hume Center: Aerospace Systems

Research Objectives

  • Enable resilient airborne and space-based communications, reconnaissance, and position/navigation/timing (PNT) during contested and wartime scenarios
  • Demonstrate wide-area public safety communications
  • Develop Cyber Security for Airworthiness


  • Resilient space through heterogeneous constellations
  • Bring Moore’s Law to air-breathers and space, supporting robust on-board data processing
  • Push intelligent management functions to the platform to enable real-time local decisions
  • Leverage partnerships with industry collaborators and other university centers such as MAAP, Space@VT and VaCAS

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Liberty University

Training professional UAS Operators

Liberty University School of Aeronautics:

  • 20+ Cessna 172 (G1000 equipped)
  • CRJ 200 Advanced Jet Simulator
  • Over 250 students flying

Unmanned Systems Degree:

  • 4 year degree program – Bachelors of Science in Aeronautics
  • FAA Instrument rating is required as a minimum for students to graduate
  • Partnership with Textron allows students the opportunity for full operator certification on the Aerosonde UAV as part of the degree program


  • Training professional UAS operators
  • Course work and flight training will produce highly-skilled and well-rounded UAS operators trained in accordance with FAA standards and in line with policies established from many years of FAA Pilot training


  • Small UAS Flight training
    • Initially for full time students
    • Eventually adding certificate programs to allow Liberty School of Aeronautics Certificates to be issued to any individual or group desiring training on Small UAS
  • Multirotor and Fixed Wing Flight Training



New River Community College

Associate Degrees/Certificates

  • Engineering Design Technology Degree
    • Conceptualize, design and produce drawings and models
    • Cross-curricular, project-based opportunities in unmanned systems, for air, land and sea
  • Electronics Technology Degree
    • Design, build, and manufacture electronic systems
    • UAV capstone project
  • Future Unmanned Systems Degree and/or Certificate

Workforce Development

  • Collaborative work with the Division of Business and Technologies on current unmanned system training
  • Ready to meet business and industry training and credentialing demands in unmanned systems