Chase Field is part of a proposal to land a drone program in Texas.
A federal program that aims to significantly expand the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in national airspace within the next three years could have a Texas component.
On Monday, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, with support from Gov. Rick Perry’s office, will submit an application to the Federal Aviation Administration with the hope that Texas will be selected as one of the testing sites for the controversial aircraft. If the application is approved, it could mean more than 8,200 jobs and an economic impact of $6.5 billion over the next 12 years for the state, according to the governor’s office.
According to an executive summary of the FAA project, some of the proposed Texas sites that could be included in the project are the Charles Johnson Airport in Port Mansfield and Texas A&M University’s Riverside Campus for their proximity to the school’s FAA-approved airspace, and Chase Field in Beeville for its proximity to uninhabited ranchland.
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