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Texas A&M's FAA drone test site bid backed by Texas Municipal League

Corpus Christi-based municipal orgainisation The Texas Municipal League said it has adopted a resolution supporting the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi application to US aviation authority Federal Aviation Administration to be named one of six federal unmanned aerial vehicle test sites.

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.

Camber Corp is collaborating with the university and several other entities to secure the FAA test site. Camber is in UAV technology and was approached by several states to help in developing test sites, but chose Texas because of what the University has to offer.

The University opened its UAV command and control centre on Oct. 1 in preparation for the designation, which is expected to be announced in December. After the FAA announces its decision, the six test sites will have six months to become fully functional.

Cifuentes says this command center will be necessary even if Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi isn´t chosen as one of the sites.

The Texas Municipal League was founded in 1913 and is made up of over 1,100 Texas cities and towns with over 16,000 mayors, councilmembers, city managers, city attorneys, and city department heads as member officials.

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