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CU seeks drone test site in Colorado

Posted:   05/24/2013 09:24:56 AM MDT
May 25, 2013 7:47 AM GMTUpdated:   05/25/2013 01:47:33 AM MDT

By Howard Pankratz
The Denver Postdenverpost.com

CU Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles

University of Colorado research support member James Mach works on his laptop next to an unmanned aircraft system at CU’s Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles in February. (Jeremy Papasso, Camera file photo)

A state application organized by the University of Colorado at Boulder has been submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration for the development of one of six unmanned-aircraft-system test sites slated to be established across the United States.

The Colorado proposal to the FAA is a product of the Colorado UAS Team representing 10 regional economic-development agencies, seven universities, five industry associations, two state agencies and dozens of private companies, said Brian Argrow, a professor of aerospace engineering sciences at CU.

The Colorado UAS Team sees an immense economic opportunity with the development of UAS — also called unmanned aerial vehicles and more commonly known as drones — and wants Colorado to have a leading role in the program’s development.

The final selection for the six sites is expected in December.

Retired Air Force Col. Stan VanderWerf, a Colorado Springs businessman who helped found the Colorado UAS Team and coordinated CU’s response to the FAA, said that in the coming months, the FAA will have to whittle down 50 proposals from 37 states.

“I anticipate when they down-select to a smaller number, they will visit that smaller list — they will physically go to those locations and talk to the people participating in those applications,” said VanderWerf.

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