Welcome to the drone zone: Unmanned aircraft may be headed to Texas border area

Looks like Texas might be the first state to witness domestic drones.

Texas A&M drone testAs the Federal Aviation Administration decides which six states in the union will serve as testing grounds for unmanned aerial aircraft systems (UAS) — or drones, as they are more commonly known — the state of Texas has its hand raised high.

According to numerous press releases from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, home to the state’s  UAS “command and control center,” the A&M Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initiative (LSUAS) proposes a series of 11 test regions that will cover about 6,000 square miles across the state.

But not so fast, said residents of Alpine, a university town located in the Big Bend region of West Texas, home to about half of the proposed test mileage. As has been widely reported in state and local news outlets, concerned citizens shot down the proposal to launch test drones from their municipal airport in a packed town hall meeting on November 16, leaving the LSUAS in search…

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