Ohio and Indiana could be days away from learning if the region will be one of six chosen nationwide to test drones in a high stakes nationwide competition to snare jobs in a growing industry with the potential of billions of dollars at stake.
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Landing a FAA test site
Experts say the Dayton-Springfield region has key assets that could aid the area in a bid to land one of six Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aerial vehicle test sites in the nation. A decision is due this month. Selling points include:
The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex in Springfield
Coordinated academic research and development and training programs at area universities and colleges
A broad base of aerospace firms and a workforce with talent and experience in the UAV industry
The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Restricted military airspace to test UAVs over Indiana
What’s at stake:
Potential for additional jobs with companies relocating or expanding to the Dayton-Springfield region
Greater notoriety as a UAV hub of research and development and a reputation as a national leader in aerospace
A role in shaping how UAVs are integrated into civilian manned airspace
A bigger share in what could become a more than $80 billion growth market in U.S. by 2025
Video: Scientists are working on a drone that can navigate small spaces autonomously, presenting new potentially life-saving options for first responders. Watch the video at MyDaytonDailyNews.com/military.