CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – State Rep. Todd Hunter celebrated Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s selection as a federal test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with the presentation of a resolution on Monday, March 10 at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center.
“Texas has a long tradition of excellence in the aerospace industry, and the development of the UAS test site by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and its partners offers new opportunities to build on this enviable reputation and greatly enhance the prosperity of Corpus Christi,” the resolution states.
The federal designation, announced in December, is expected to bring other UAS researchers to South Texas to expand research on new applications and safe integration of unmanned technology into the national airspace. Recent studies show an anticipated economic impact of $8 billion statewide, and $260 million in South Texas over the next 10 years; creating about 1,200 jobs.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has an established UAS program, including extensive airspace authorized by the FAA for UAS operations. The Island University also has established a UAS Mission Control Center at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center that will manage the 11 Texas test ranges.