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Resident finds unmanned aircraft from Camp Ripley training

CAMP RIPLEY--A Morrison County resident recently found and returned a military unmanned aircraft that malfunctioned during training on Camp Ripley Aug. 11.

Staff Sgt. Adam Graham with the 224th Brigade Engineer Battalion talks with members of the community about the capabilities of the RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aerial System during an open house in August 2017. Submitted Photo
Staff Sgt. Adam Graham with the 224th Brigade Engineer Battalion talks with members of the community about the capabilities of the RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aerial System during an open house in August 2017. Submitted Photo

CAMP RIPLEY-A Morrison County resident recently found and returned a military unmanned aircraft that malfunctioned during training on Camp Ripley Aug. 11.

During scheduled flight, part of an operator's course, an Unmanned Aerial System on Camp Ripley lost signal and drifted out of Camp Ripley Airspace, a news release stated.

The RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aerial System is suspected to have experienced a GPS failure which in turn made the aircraft uncontrollable and did not allow it to recover to the preset lost link point.

A further investigation of the equipment malfunction is underway, but staff on Camp Ripley is assured this is not a danger to the community in any way.

"This is one of the points we explain during our community visits, that either human or technical errors do happen and we appreciate the support of the community," Camp Ripley officials stated in a news release.

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