The U.S. Air ForceÂ activated a newÂ group withinÂ theÂ 412th Test WingÂ in July to help the militaryÂ branch developÂ testing methods forÂ autonomous systems and small unmanned aircraft.
The Emerging Technologies Combined Test ForceÂ aimsÂ to establishÂ test plans and policies as well as exploreÂ potential testing areas around Edwards AF Base in California, the Air Force said Thursday.
The groupÂ also seeks to collaborate with commercial partners, NASA, theÂ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Civil Engineering and Security Forces centers to identifyÂ flight test capabilities for emerging technology.
âThe CTF will create test capabilities that do not currently exist and help eliminate strategic surprise to the 412th Test Wing,â saidÂ Maj. Dan Riley, director of theÂ Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force.
CTF plans toÂ conduct its first official test on a quadcopter equipped with a transmitter by the end of November.