Mississippi offers 44 miles of mainland coastline along 3 counties bordering the Gulf of Mexico, as well as 4 nearby coastal islands in the Mississippi Sound. Mississippi State University possesses multiple Certificates of Authorization (COAs) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aircraft of varying sizes at multiple altitudes in this coastal environment. Additionally, Warning Area-453 (W-453) just south of Mississippi’s coastline can be accessed to provide over 1,200 sq. nautical miles of airspace for unmanned aircraft maritime operations.
NASA’s Stennis Space Center and Mississippi National Guard’s Camp Shelby combine to offer nearly 1,000 square miles of Restricted airspace for ground-based unmanned aircraft operations - along with support from the nation’s top aerospace research and military personnel. In addition to these facilities, Mississippi State University holds Certificates of Authorization (COAs) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aircraft at numerous locations and altitudes throughout the state for research efforts in agriculture, wildlife, environmental conservation, and more.
Mississippi is not only equipped to support unmanned operations through its facilities, but also through the most experienced and capable personnel and supporting staff in the nation. This comes as no surprise given Mississippi’s long-standing background of professional aerospace industry support. Mississippi has the personnel to provide unmatched operational support of your unmanned operation from concept to take-off.