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Feb 3, 2014 11:52 PM by Lee Sausley

Special Report 'Eye in the Sky'

Corpus Christi - Aerial drones are a sizzling hot topic these days. As the folks at Yahoo would say, drones are trending. And Texas A&M- Corpus Christi's new drone research center in a modest office building in Flour Bluff is at the epicenter of this growing technology.

Dr. Luis Cifuentes, the university's vice president of research, says the decision to get involved in drone research was almost serendipitous. He says it all started with a phone call from a former a former F.A.A. employee who wanted to know if Texas was going to compete to be designated as a research center.

Dr. Cifuentes says there was a lot of skepticism at first, but in 2012 all the pieces just started falling into place, "one of the big concerns was the ability to get the whole state to work as a unit. And I think that's where the governor's office got involved, that's where the A&M system got involved, and connected us with Camber Corporation which provided us with the level of technical expertise that we did not have.. and soon we ended up with a team that just had the right parts to it."

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