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Unmanned aerial vehicles to be showcased at Las Cruces airport on March 17

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be in the spotlight Wednesday, March 17, as New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory presents a UAV Public Day at the Las Cruces International Airport.

The APV-3 unmanned aerial vehicle, shown here in a file photo, will fly at Las Cruces International Airport on Wednesday, March 17, as part of the Physical Science Laboratory UAV Public Day.

The event begins at 1 p.m. and will include a UAV demonstration flight, UAV displays and information about the Physical Science Laboratory's UAV program.

Through its Technical Analysis and Application Center (TAAC), PSL is working to develop the technologies and practices that will allow UAVs to fly safely in civilian airspace. UAVs, which have been used primarily in military applications, have potential applications in homeland security, border surveillance, communications, monitoring of environmental conditions, and other civil and commercial uses.

The UAV that will be flown on Wednesday is an APV-3 UAV, a small vehicle that is being developed by Lockheed Martin in a partnership with RnR Products and MLB. It has a wingspan of about 12 feet.

The UAV Applications Center is the mission planner for the APV-3 flight.

On display will be another small UAV, known as the Shadow, used by the U.S. Army for reconnaissance and surveillance.

The Las Cruces International Airport is located off Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces. To attend the UAV Public Day program, take Exit 132 and follow the signs to the airport. Parking is available just south of the terminal building.

For more information call Steve Hottman, PSL program manager and director of the TAAC, at (505) 522-9416 or (505) 649-1252.