Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) – Many local experts believe the future of the Dayton region could be in the testing and manufacturing of unmanned aerial systems or UAS’s.
According to Joe Zeis, of the Dayton Development Coalition, our area is well positioned because of our quality educational institutions.
He said they’ll play a critical role if the Dayton region is to land one of the FAA’s, six, highly coveted UAS test sites.
Zeis says experts estimate the UAS industry will generate over 100 billion dollars globally in the next 10 years.
“Look at leading edge colleges and universities here that are already engaged in the UAS systems, Sinclair Community College the Advanced Technical and Intelligence Center work data and analytics and training data, the University of Dayton, Wright State University with the miniature UAS’s,” Zeis said.
Along with education, Zeis says another attraction is the tremendous workforce at Wright-Patt where teams of engineers already have the capabilities to not only design, build and fly UAS’s, but can capture data and communicate it through-out the world with much of the training occurring here in the Dayton region.