UAS NEWS IN MISSISSIPPI
Drones invade campus
Universities are buying drones faster than police departments — and the military is helping foot the bill
Many of the leaders in the field of domestic drones are military men. Mississippi State University is co-sponsoring a UAV conference later this month to discuss how unmanned systems can “provide solutions in agriculture, coastal environments, and disaster response to name but a few.” The keynote speaker will be U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James O. Poss, assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. (Click here to read more.)
Mississippi has a large slice of UAV pie
Unmanned aerial vehicles — often called drones — can be as small as an insect. But they are expected to be a major sector of the aerospace economy. And Mississippi is poised to profit from its early entry into the field.
Northrop Grumman opened its Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point in 2006, staking claim to part of an industry expected to top $94 billion in sales in the next 10 years. In addition to the Global Hawks and Fire Scouts built in Moss Point, the state has two other companies building four types of UAVs. Mississippi also has airspace where UAV flights are permitted and companies that work on sensors and advanced materials, both important to the industry. (Click here to read more.)