FORT HOOD - Commercial drone testing could soon join the military unmanned aircraft flying at Fort Hood.
The Federal Aviation Administration approved Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as the research headquarters for 11 Texas test sites working to develop drones for commercial use. Five other states also were selected to test the unmanned aircraft.
One of those 11 sites proposed for testing in Texas is Fort Hood’s Robert Gray Army Airfield.
Researchers are interested in Fort Hood because Robert Gray is currently the only airport in the United States where civilian commercial flights, military aircraft and military unmanned aircraft all operate on the same runway. Unmanned aircraft at Fort Hood have been flying since 1995.
“They’re doing it right and it’s a model operation,” said Ron George, Senior Research Development Officer at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “I believe the whole country has a lot to learn about how they do it.”
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