A Colorado airport is testing out a new type of high-tech remote control tower that doesn't have to be manned and can interact with pilots though cameras.
The tower was recently installed at Northern Colorado Regional Airport and will be tested for the next year.
David Ulane, the director of the Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, told CBS Denver that the unmanned control tower will be the first of its kind to combine radar and track-based information with video-based information.
He said it will 'provide an even better situational picture of what's happening here'.
Remote air traffic control towers were installed at Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland
The towers will be able to remotely monitor air traffic via cameras mounted on three steel masses placed around the airport
The Colorado Department of Transportation said the steel masses will rise 22 to 56 feet above the ground
According to the department of transportation, cameras will be mounted on three steel masts that rise 22 to 56 feet above the ground.
Each of the camera masts will be erected on either end of the main runway giving air traffic controllers a 360-degree view of the airfield, the same as if the controller was actually looking out the window of the tower.
The cameras will stream into a