LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas is already known as the entertainment capital of the world, but it could soon be the drone conference capital of the world as Nevada continues to be an attractive proving ground for the growing industry.
On a 10-acre parcel, nestled near US 95 and Wagonwheel Drive, drones are taking to the skies.
"The beauty of this site is location, location, location," said Dr. Chris Walach, director of the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems.
Walach said Nevada is on the cutting edge of drone testing.
"We offer the ability for entities to practice in an urban environment and advance policies and procedures for the FAA," explained Walach.
Friendly government regulations and perfect flying weather are only some of the reasons Nevada and specifically Las Vegas are standouts for the drone industry.
"Nevada is becoming the drone conference center capital of the world," said Walach.
"All of the major drone conferences come here to Southern Nevada, and they bring their participants and their demonstrators out here and actually show their advanced technology," said Walach.
Nevada was just awarded testing of NASA's Traffic Management System for Unmanned Aerial Systems.