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In a small garage in downtown Las Vegas, two entrepreneurs from a tiny Canadian startup are working on what some believe will be the next major industry in Nevada: drones.
The startup, Fluttrbox, run by Aristo Mohit-Coker and Nadia Shiwdin, wants to connect two of the disparate communities that are converging to grow the sector: large institutional clients who need the detailed data drones can collect and hobbyist drone operators who can collect it.
A California-based nonprofit is planning to invest up to $1 million to bring a high-tech learning lab to the Coleman A. Young International Airport, where Detroit students and the public can get hands-on training in the hot field of drone technology.
The funding from Base 11 will renovate two hangar bays and outfit them with state-of-the-art equipment under a multiyear lease with the city.
Students from one high school in the Detroit Public Schools district will be able to take classes there, officials said. Base 11’s for-profit subsidy will also operate a business focused on unmanned aerial systems.