Unmanned aircrafts have a range of uses from agriculture to infrastructure inspecting and the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision for the location of six test sites could determine the industry’s future center of operations.
Applications for future test sites have been submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration for the six Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test sites. In all, 25 applications were submitted by 24 states and the FAA is required to select six sites to test and study drones for commercial use in national airspace.
The Washington Post reports one of the six locations could become the future “Silicon Valley of drones.”
Whoever is chosen will gain a technological edge in the industry and could receive a substantial economic impact. Reuters reports the industry’s value could be worth billions with some drones carrying an estimated price tag of $100,000. Smaller versions could be more affordable for agricultural use.