CORPUS CHRISTI — The community is invited to gather Saturday to learn about the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (commonly known as drones) and to ask questions about the upcoming test event happening in downtown Corpus Christi later this Summer.
The Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host the meeting from 10:30 a.m. to Noon in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom.
This test event is the culmination of a five-year effort by NASA to develop and test for the creation of an Urban Traffic Management (UTM) system using UAS technology. By combining the complex technologies of UTM hardware and software, developers are hoping to ensure safety by avoiding collisions and landing among existing structures and modes of transportation present in cities.
The test event is planned to take place in four to six-hour blocks of time over the span of five days, with the possibility of a few extra days being needed.
As the next round of major NASA UAS testing is slated to take place in Los Angeles and Dallas/Ft. Worth, these tests position Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the city of Corpus Christi, and the state of Texas as leading the way in economic development and innovation for UAS technologies.
A&M-Corpus Christi is partnering with the City of Corpus Christi, the Downtown Management District, the Port of Corpus Christi, and several other community and corporate entities for this event.
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