The Texas Municipal League (TML) has adopted a resolution supporting the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi application to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be named one of six federal unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) test sites.
The vote was made Friday, Oct. 11, at the group's 2013 Annual Conference in Austin.
‘With the backing of Governor Rick Perry, we are the only site in Texas being considered,’ said Dr. Luis Cifuentes, vice president of research, commercialization and outreach. ‘The resolution from the TML demonstrates the financial impact the FAA designation will have on every community in the state.’
‘The strong show of support from Texas cities should be a tremendous boost to the State's application,’ added Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez. ‘Texas has unmatched airspace, a strong business climate, cutting-edge research partnerships, and broad public support from state and local governments, higher education institutions and the private sector.’
The university's Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initiative, and its 6,000 square miles of available airspace, is in competition with 24 other locations around the country for the federal designation. The university opened its UAV command and control center on Oct. 1 in preparation for the designation, which is expected to be announced in December.
Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi