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Ground-breaking testing done at Redstone Test Center

After decades RTC is now completely hands-on for UAS testing. (Source: WAFF) After decades RTC is now completely hands-on for UAS testing. (Source: WAFF)

The Redstone Test Center on Redstone Arsenal is making history this week. After decades of waiting and watching, RTC is now completely hands-on for Unmanned Aircraft Systems testing.

“We pulled it off meticulously and flawlessly,” said CW4 Sokol Cela, an army experimental test pilot with RTC.

Up until now, RTC has planned, reported and witnessed successful tests for Unmanned Aircraft Systems or UAS. Now, they’re fully involved.

“This was the first test we were able to participate as a crew. We are at a point now we can tackle any UAS with experimental tests,” explained Cela.

RTC is now entering into the arena of full-spectrum UAS testing. It’s also a brand new opportunity for Cela, who was the first as in his position to control a UAS during a test flight.

The testing took place at Dugway Proving Ground near Salt Lake City, Utah. On May 26, the last experiment determined if RTC would take the tests on full-time.

“There was a lot going on, a lot riding on the shoulders at that point. It was stressful being that it was the first of a kind, a lot of firsts in this test. We just wanted to make sure it was a one event and no going back. Getting it right first going around,” stressed Cela.

With the success of this UAS test through RTC, Cela believes the future for the organization is to become the Army’s elite unmanned aircraft system developmental test center, bringing jobs and boosting the economy of the Tennessee Valley along with it.

“We will continue to grow our capabilities, we will continue to bring expertise, continue to provide customers with what they need. In the end, provide for the warfighter with a better system that they can take to war without limitations.”

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