The Kentland Experimental Aerial Systems (KEAS) Laboratory is located at Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm agricultural research facility, which includes about 1800 acres of university-owned farmland in a sparsely populated area southwest of the main campus. The 300 ft by 70 ft asphalt airstrip located at the center of the Kentland Farm is routinely used to support small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight operations. The airfield includes a state-of-the-art weather station to log meteorological data. A wireless network covering the area provides direct internet access. The adjacent UAV hangar provides nearly 2000 sq ft of workspace to support research, education, and outreach.
The KEAS Lab was developed with support from the:
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
College of Engineering
Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
Office of the Vice President for Research
Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems
The KEAS Lab's primary purpose is to enable research collaborations involving UAVs among university faculty. However, the facility is available to others in the university community who have a research, educational, or outreach related need. If you wish to have access to the site, please read the guidelines specified in the Kentland Airfield Rules and contact Craig Woolsey to obtain access to the KEAS Lab Scholar site.
Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (MC0203)
Randolph Hall, RM 215,
460 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0203
Phone: (540) 231-6611
Fax: (540) 231-9632