Texas A&M Researchers Test Their Drone

(Texas A&M Corpus Christi photo/file)An unmanned aerial vehicle known as an RS-16 took off Wednesday from a gas-propelled catapult at the Kenedy Foundation Ranch in South Texas and flew to an altitude of nearly 3,000 feet over the Gulf Coast.

Researchers from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi flew the drone as part of test flights for the federal government.

After about 90 minutes in the air, the drone safely landed, skidding to a stop on its belly on a sandy dry lake bed about eight miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and some 60 miles south of Corpus Christi.

University official David Bridges said the aircraft and its technology cost about $200,000.

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