Atterbury won’t be national drone site


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An RQ-7 Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Bravo Company 76th Brigade Special Troops Battalion sits near it's launcher during a pre-flight inspection at Himsel Army Airfield at Camp Atterbury. The RQ-7 Shadow has a range of about 50 kilometers and is used for surveillance by the US military. Private corporations and state government agencies are looking toward UAVs to perform a multitude of tasks from police applications to bridge inspections and high tension power line inspections. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal


An RQ-7 Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Bravo Company 76th Brigade Special Troops Battalion sits near a runway at Himsel Army Airfield located at Camp Atterbury prior to a pre-flight inspection. Private corporations and state government agencies are looking toward UAVs to perform a multitude of tasks from police applications to bridge inspections and high tension power line inspections. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal


A local military post vying to become a national test site for unmanned aircraft, known as drones, was not selected as one of six locations announced Monday.

That decision means the area near Camp Atterbury likely won’t get the large economic boost predicted for the federal test sites. But drone testing and training activity are still expected to increase substantially in coming years at the military facility in southern Johnson County, Camp Atterbury airspace manager Lt. Col. Matt Sweeney said.

Camp Atterbury had applied as part of a joint venture between Indiana and Ohio to become one of six sites used by the Federal Aviation Administration to study drone technology and how unmanned aircraft can be safely implemented into the skies with other planes and helicopters.

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