Sinclair Community College unveiled plans Tuesday for the renovation of an existing downtown Dayton campus building into a $5 million UAS Training and Certification Center, one more step advocates say for the region to position itself as a leader in a multi-billion dollar future market.
“We’ve been an early pioneer of this early phase of UAS,” said Sinclair President Steven L. Johnson, referring to the growing unmanned aerial systems industry.
That growth was very much on display inside the Dayton Convention Center on Tuesday. The first day of the three-day Ohio UAS Conference drew more than 700 people and 70 exhibitors across the United States, Israel, Mexico and Australia.
The attendance was a record for the growing three-year-old event.
The commercial market for unmanned aerial systems will “dwarf” sales to the military within a decade, said Michael Tosanco, president and CEO of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Tosanco said the revolutionary technology is on an evolutionary path much like computers or automobiles and will change the lives of nearly everyone when drones are integrated into civilian airspace in coming years.
“The state of the industry is more and more people want this,” he said.
Drones will increasingly take over jobs that are dirty, dull, difficult and dangerous and do them more effectively and efficiently, he said.
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