NASA picks Dayton group to manage UAV prize contest
ScanEagle UAV flown by the University of North Dakota Aerospace program. In December, Ohio should find out whether it is chosen to host one of six sites that U.S. officials are to designate around the country for five years of test-flying unmanned aircraft to demonstrate that they can fly in airspace used by manned planes. Those designations by the Federal Aviation Administration could help the host states attract hundreds of millions of dollars in jobs and long-term business investment and burnish their credentials as go-to centers for expertise in unmanned aircraft, which are projected to have a worldwide market worth $90 billion during the next 10 years. With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and supporting commercial and university aerospace production, research and development capability already in place, Dayton leaders are hoping the state will be among those the FAA selects. Even if Ohio should be bypassed, its existing aerospace capabilities should help it build long-lasting relationships with the FAA, Air Force and NASA, Ohio's advocates said.
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