Texas A&M Corpus Christi today was named one of six sites nationwide which will come up with guidance regarding how drones can be integrated into existing airspace, 1200 WOAI news reports.
A&M Corpus Christi is the leader of the Texas proposal, and testing of unmanned aerial vehicles will take place across the state.
"Together with all of our partners, we are ready to lead the way into this new age of aviation technology," university spokeswoman Gloria Gallardo told 1200 WOAI news.
A&M Corpus Christi will specifically study safety systems on unmanned aircraft.
Dr. Ron George, who is the leader of the A&M Corpus Christi's research into UAV's, predicts it will lead to the creation of some 1200 new jobs over the coming ten years.
"Companies and government agencies, to use a police phrase, are Jonesin' for this technology," George said. "They understand that the possibilities are limitless."
Dr. Falvius Killebrew, President of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, said the university is 'proud to be part of this historic moment in aviation history.'
"Together with our partners, we will lead the way for the research and development of this new age," he said.
Congress has designated 2015 as the year it wants the FAA to integrate UAV technology into American airspace.
George says government agencies and private companies are intrigued by the ability of drones to photograph, to measure, and to fly into places where piloted aircraft cannot go, like into wildfires or into the center of hurricanes.
The six sites will come up with standards for drone technology, and will determine things like how low and how high drones will be allowed to fly, and what training and certification drone controllers will be required to have.