FRONT ROYAL, VA—Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, an unmanned aircraft manufacturer, plans to establish an East Coast headquarters here at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport. The $6 million facility will focus on research, development and manufacturing activities.

The Albuquerque, NM-based company’s main product is the E1, a solar electric, fixed-wing aircraft that’s used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications in commercial, military and security markets. Commercial applications include agriculture, mapping, surveying, and oil and gas pipeline inspection.

Randolph-Macon Academy’s Unmanned Systems Lab (R-MA) will partner with Silent Falcon as part of its preprofessional pathway initiative through the R-MA drone program, which provides students with tools and real-life experience related to unmanned vehicle technology. The out-of-the-classroom learning opportunity enables students to see first-hand how drones and drone-collected data can be applied to real-world challenges.