Drone activity could crown Corpus queenDrone activity could crown Corpus queenhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=46702014-03-18T07:33:00Z2014-03-18T00:00:00Z

CORPUS CHRISTI - Oil may be king in South Texas, but the new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test site designation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could soon crown a queen for the area.

Aviation companies are opening offices, seeking to get in on the ground floor of the new economic boom centered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC). The area has been officially designated as one of the new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test site locations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Over the next ten years, the economic impact of being designated a UAS test site is projected to be about $8 billion statewide, with $260 million in South Texas that will create about 1,200 jobs.

The University’s Lone Star UAS Center, in the top floor of the CBBIC, is one of only six federal test sites that will provide data the FAA will use to safely integrate UAS in the national airspace.

Aside from the economic benefits to the city and the state, this is also an incredible opportunity for students.

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