Unmanned Systems

Along with other communities in our region of 1.8 million people, we have a solid foundation for pioneering ongoing developments within the Unmanned Systems industry.​​​

Virginia Beach and the region is ripe for exciting growth in the Unmanned Vehicle Systems arena.  Companies that are currently in the industry, along with various manufacturers, make up a nucleus that is prepared for the future of air, land and​ sea unmanned systems.  Add our strong capabilities at our universities and colleges, and a proactive workforce development community, we are well positioned to be a leader in the Unmanned Systems sector.  The Commonwealth of Virginia supports our efforts with their Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission.  Major regional assets include NASA Langley Research Center, who work with UMS stakeholders to share data, validate systems, and enable the future of robotic autonomous behaviors.  They also host  and ​maintain a 100-acre flight range accessible to businesses interested in testing autonomous vehicles.  Wallops Island also features one of our region's greatest assets for the UAS industry. This facility has the longest UAS test-​specific runway in the Unites States, with easy terminal escape points into the Atlantic Ocean and free of external traffic.

In May of 2017, we hosted a successful Unmanned Systems Business Roundtable which was attended by manufacturers, suppliers, research and development firms, NASA, military entities, law enforcement, universities, colleges and pilots. Below are the PowerPoints that were presented at the business roundtable: