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Drone Business Gets a Boost in Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Insitu Inc., a branch of Boeing Company, is setting up shop for drone production in Starkville. 

“I am pleased to welcome Insitu to Mississippi.  The location of this leading unmanned aircraft systems company in Mississippi is evidence of private sector interest in the technologies and polices being developed in our state,” says Senator Thad Cochran.

“This development, in conjunction with the FAA center of excellence led by Mississippi State University, will enhance job creation, research and educational opportunities that will benefit the nation and the world.”

Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped secure committee approval last month to increase FY2017 funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS research account to $17.6 million.

The Insitu move was announced in New Orleans Wednesday by company officials with representatives from Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Development Authority at the annual trade show for the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International, the world’s leading forum for unmanned technology. (

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