Drones to come to downtown Reno

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Updated: 4/04/2014 12:25 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Drones are coming to downtown Reno.

The University of Nevada, Reno says it will set up its drone research headquarters just south of the main casino district in a newly-leased office building that is part of the school's new push to better connect the campus with the city.

UNR spokeswoman Heidi Gansert told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the research center will take up an entire floor of the 25,000-square-foot building.

Gansert says while UNR offers a new minor degree program in unmanned autonomous systems, classes likely won't be held in the new building.

But she says the research center plans to employ several engineers and UNR graduate students to partner on projects with the private sector.

In December, Nevada was selected as one of six states to house drone testing sites.

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