- The lease at a local technology park for a state office tasked with enticing unmanned aircraft systems companies to Ohio was barely 60 days old when a Florida business announced it would relocate a program to Springfield to develop and commercialize an unmanned airship.
The state’s choice to locate the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex within 2,060 square feet of leased office space along U.S. 40 in the Nextedge Applied Research and Technology Park puts Springfield at the center of Ohio’s effort to claim a chunk of what promises to be a lucrative new industry.
“It provides the business center for the overall initiative,” said Tom Franzen, the city of Springfield’s assistant city manager and director of economic development. “It’s a big benefit to having them here.”
Call them UAS, UAVs or RPA — as in remotely piloted aircraft — or call them drones, but the commercial and civil market for them is predicted to generate more than $82.1 billion the first decade after they’ve been cleared for takeoff by the Federal Aviation Administration.
That could happen as soon as 2015.