Kansas poised to be a leader in emerging field of drones

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas is trying to position itself as an industry leader in the emerging field of unmanned aerial system.

The state is building on the framework already in place as an aviation manufacturing cluster and in its technology-driven agricultural sector. Major Kansas universities are doing cutting-edge research on drones and training the skilled workforce needed to support it.

On Thursday, industry and business leaders gathered in Wichita for a UAS summit that marked the culmination of a series of workshops this year on the use of the technology.

Joel Anderson, the development director at Kansas State University’s office, says the industry is going to have a huge impact in Kansas.

Part of that is driven by precision agriculture which uses data is used to pinpoint fertilizer and water needs within fields.

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