The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) has announced that the County of Cape May, N.J., will be leasing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) incubator space in a new building at the Cape May County Airport Industrial Park.
The county will be leasing 1,500 square feet of space, which will be used for the development of small businesses and new technologies related to UAVs.
Another 1,500-square-foot space will be leased to Aerodrome, which will set up a commercial and video production studio, as well as a performance space for small film festivals or similar events.
“We’re extremely pleased that the facilities are meeting the interest of the small-businesses community in the Cape May region,” says Thomas J. Cook, executive director of the DRBA.
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and the Forts Ferry Crossing. It also manages two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May County Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). Notably, the Cape May airport has done extensive work with UAVs, including testing and holding regional conferences for the industry.
“The county’s growing prominence as an unmanned aerial vehicle hub for systems development and testing make the formation of a technical incubator a logical next step,” adds Will Morey, Cape May County freeholder.