Boeing opens lab focused on drone technology in St. Charles

At a ribbon-cutting Thursday, Boeing showed off its new facility in St. Charles, called the Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory, or CASL, where the company will work to further develop drone technology.

The 8,100-square-foot lab is located on the Boeing complex where missiles and smart bomb kits are made. That plant will add a second shift next week to keep up with orders, said Elizabeth Kluba, vice president for weapons and missile systems.

The element of autonomy — operating without direct human guidance — will be “a key element of the vast majority of Boeing products going forward,” said Charles Toups, vice president for research and technology.

Boeing employs about 15,000 people in the metro area, mainly in north St. Louis County and St. Charles. Boeing doesn’t release a St. Charles-only employment number.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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