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FAA OKs drone’s flight from University of Maryland site

The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, located in California in St. Mary’s County, to fly the Talon 240, designed and manufactured by UAV Solutions Inc., of Jessup. The Talon 240 has a 20-foot wingspan and can fly for 3½ hours. The drone was designed for military and academic use, the university said. UM tested the Talon 240 via the first use of its airworthiness process, modeled after the Navy’s standards for aircraft. “This flight authorization is significant because it builds on the existing relationship between the University of Maryland and the Navy and applies our mutually disciplined research approaches to the cutting edge of civil and commercial unmanned aviation,” Dr. Darryll Pines, dean of the UM A. James Clark School of Engineering, said in a statement.