NASA has selected an Ohio nonprofit organization to manage a contest aimed at helping unmanned aerial vehicles fly safely in civilian airspace.
NASA said Friday that it picked Development Projects Inc. in Dayton to run the competition involving the vehicles commonly referred to as drones.
The Dayton Daily News reports the contest is expected to draw competing teams from across the country to fly robotic aircraft in restricted airspace above the Camp Atterbury military operating range in southern Indiana.
Ohio has flight in its veins. The Wright brothers began experimenting with planes in Dayton and the state claims 24 astronauts. Wapakoneta is the home of Neil Armstrong – the first man to step foot on the moon – and one of the most private people on earth. The museum here on Apollo lane is shaped like a moon.
Veterans of NASA's Project Mercury have landed in Cape Canaveral this weekend to celebrate 50 years of orbital flight.
This Monday will mark the golden anniversary of John Glenn's momentous circling of the globe.
More than 100 men and women who helped launch Glenn and the other Mercury 7 astronauts gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday. They traveled by the busloads to Launch Complex 14. That's the pad from which Glenn rocketed away on Feb. 20, 1962, to become the first American in orbit.