U.S. Army Invests $33 Million in Drone Airport

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Workers prepare an MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle for static display at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground in Utah in this September 15, 2011. Spc. Latoya Wiggins/U.S. Army/Reuters

The U.S. Army will build an airport for its many unmanned aircrafts in Fort Bliss, Texas. Unmanned aircraft, more commonly known as drones, will be housed in a 50,000-square-foot hangar located on a 150-acre facility. The hangar will have two runways, one 5,000 feet long and the other 1,000 feet. It will also include a maintenance station, offices and storage for the drones.

The new airport will be built at a cost of $33 million, Defense Systems, a technology and warfare publication, reported.

The airport was built for two kinds of drones: AAI RQ-7 Shadow, an 11-foot-long drone, and MQ-1C Gray Eagle, a 29-foot-long drone with a wingspan of 56 feet. According to Betabeat, the Gray Eagle is the military's biggest unmanned aerial system.