CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi unveiled a new closed flight test site at the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft System Center in Flour Bluff on Tuesday.
The test area is a 5-story structure covered with a net. It offers more than 300,000 cubic feet of space for drones of all sizes.
Due to the center’s location near NAS / Corpus Christi, the Lone Star UAS Center cannot simply fly outside. With the new closed facility, researchers and students can now conduct their research and test flights without having to travel to find a test area.
Kelly Miller, President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi, said, “We hope that one day the work we are doing here will help with things like package delivery and all sorts of things that we may not even do . ” I can still imagine that. I think our students’ innovation will make it, we don’t even know where, the sky is the limit of what they can do. “
Planning for the closed test site began about three years ago. It took less than 3 weeks to build. The structure cost about $ 450,000.