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Texas Chosen As Part Of Drone Program

Texas Chosen As Part Of Drone Program

You’ve been hearing a lot of talk over the last year about drone testing. Well, it turns out the state of Texas is going to play a big role in the future of that technology.

The Federal Aviation Administration chose Texas A&M University Corpus Christi as one of six sites to conduct further studies. Lone Star College economics professor Hank Lewis says this is going to benefit Texas financially.

“We’re looking at hundreds of million dollars poured into the area as far as the building, designing and mass producing drone technology,” Lewis told KTRH.

That also means more jobs in those industries. And when more jobs come to Texas, more money comes to Texas.

“People that get jobs in an area buy houses. This will lead to construction. Money begets money,” Lewis said.

But there are privacy concerns over drones. Congressman Blake Farenthold told KTRH you have to weigh the pros against the cons, and there are benefits when it comes to border security.

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“Drones flying over the border are better than agents going along people’s property. We can identify problem areas and then dispatch agents rather than have people patrolling through other people’s private property,” Farenthold explained.

And there are other ways drones can help that people should consider, according to Farenthold.

“You don’t want a drone hovering over your swimming pool, but it’s a great application in agricultural use for farmers to monitor their crops,” Farenthold said.

The other states chosen by the FAA include Alaska, Virginia, North Dakota, Nevada and New York.

 

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