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South Texas FAA test site prepares for operation

14 March 2014

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi said it has continued its preparations to be fully operational as one of only six federal test sites for unmanned aircraft systems with another series of test flight missions this week over South Texas ranchland.

Researchers have been conducting missions twice a day with the University´s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle and another UAV owned by American Aerospace Advisors.

The UAV pilots are on the ground controlling and monitoring it. The flights last about two hours, flying over the coastline and collecting data for university researchers that can be used for mapping sea grass, monitoring pipeline routes, detecting wildfires hotspots or oil spills in the ocean, and counting livestock.

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