- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

PORT MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) - Drone flights are scheduled this week along the southern Gulf of Mexico as experts from Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi do some day-and-night test runs.

Officials with the school’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center say flights begin Tuesday, weather permitting, from Charles R. Johnson Airport in Port Mansfield.

A&M-Corpus; Christi operates one of six Federal Aviation Administration test sites for unmanned aircraft systems. The school last month announced the research has been expanded to include air traffic, border oversight and fire prevention.

This week’s missions are expected to include a launch in the dark and shoreline flights to match on-the-ground surveying. Drones are expected to fly at altitudes of up to 3,000 feet with target areas including the Laguna Madre (MAH’-dray).




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