USA Drone Port will access our region's creative assets to craft a world class unmanned vehicle research, development, training and education facility. The USA Drone Port will be the premiere model for innovation to reinvent the economy of Eastern Kentucky and help move the Commonwealth to emerging global industries.
The National Unmanned Robotic Research and Development Center will offer a 3,500' runway and circular landing pads, surrounded by Class G airspace, capable of landing fixed wing aircraft including military drones. The center will also include solution shops as well as hangars for students, inventors, technicians and manufacturers. The facilities will create a synergistic location for flying, testing, rebuilding and continued improvement of products. Gigabit enabled office space, meeting areas, common areas and computer labs will be available.
The project builds on the assets of the region, Kentucky being the second largest exporter of aerospace products. The site is ideally located to satisfy Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) guidelines. The Wendell H. Ford Airport is a critical partner by providing opportunities for clients to fly in for testing and facility utilization.
Future plans include additions for research and development of land based and underwater based drones.