Rise of the Machines: Oklahoma becoming a leader in growing Unmanned Aerial Systems industry

Students build unmanned aricraftsAnyone who’s either followed the War on Terror or played the “Call of Duty” video game series has likely heard of a drone before.

But not many would know that Oklahoma is the epicenter for the development of drones’ more technical names — Unmanned Aerial Systems, or UAS.

In particular, Oklahoma State University has one of the largest UAS engineering programs in the United States. Research and applications fall on both civilian and military purposes for such aircraft.

OSU hosted a forum on UAS programs Oct. 26.

“We have a role to play similar to what happened in Silicon Valley,” OSU President Burns Hargis said.

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