Corpus Christi is one step closer to becoming the Drone Capital of America.  1200 WOAI news reports the Texas A&M system Board of Regents has approved the establishment of the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.


  The university is in the running to become the Federal Aviation Administration designated center for the research and testing of unmanned aerial systems.  The university says the economic impact of that designation could be up to $8 billion over the next ten years, and compare it to the decision in the sixties to launch NASA manned spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Florida.


  The designation would also mean nearly $50 million in infrastructure and as many at 1200 jobs as private drone manufacturers move to the area.


  "This approve by the Board of Regents strengthens the position of Texas A&M Corpus Christi in becoming one of six federal unmanned aircraft systems test sites," said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. 


  The university says the weather in the Coastal Bend, as well as large stretches of vacant land in the brush country and open sea in the Gulf would give drone researchers plenty of are to test the capability of the aircraft.


  The designation, which is supported by the governor's office and by Texas economic development officials, should be announced next year.