CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Two city parks are temporarily closing for drone testing conducted by NASA. Tests will be conducted in the downtown area on Friday and Monday. According to NASA the development of drone technology is vital to future operations for emergency responders, infrastructure inspections, deliveries and traffic monitoring.
NASA and Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation are collaborating to conduct testing for the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in different situations and conditions in an urban setting. The tests conducted will be used for information on improving air traffic management. NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other federal partner agencies, are working together to develop a Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) system for a future in safe low-altitude airspace and UAS operations. The UTM system operates on principles to avoid vehicle on vehicle collision, locate the aircraft and avoid collisions with the environment.
Testing on the UAS will be conducted in downtown Corpus Christi and will create diversions throughout the area. On Friday, July 26th the Watergarden Park will be closed due to testing which will run from 10am to 2pm. On Monday, July 29th Cole Park will be closed due to testing from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
For more information contact the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at 361-825-2577.