Drones need ports, too. That’s why The Aerodrome is building the world’s first “droneport” in Boulder City, Nevada, about a 30-minute drive from Las Vegas. It’s touted as “the world’s first commercial droneport and teaching facility.”
The 50-acre droneport, which already broken ground, is one of six FAA-approved unmanned air systems (UAS) test sites in the U.S., according to The Aerodrome’s announcement. It will be a commercial droneport and teaching facility but will also offer support for recreational drone pilots and drone racers. The military, first responders, journalists, and real estate professionals are among the other professionals expected to use the droneport.
“This historic development has far-reaching implications, and will bring with it new aviation business opportunities, jobs and a profound new reputation for the U.S. as the world’s leader in unmanned air systems,” according to Jonathan Daniels, president of The Aerodrome.
He adds that the droneport is the only place in the world where the more than 2,500 U.S. companies with FAA clearance to fly commercial drones will find priority over manned aircraft for their UAS.
The droneport also has an eye for the environment, as it will generate its own solar power.
The global commercial UAS market is expected to hit $2.07 billion by 2022, according to a Grand View Research study cited by The Aerodrome.