KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -

A fleet of small drones buzzed the sky near Kennedy Space Center recently, participating in the state’s first sponsored demonstration of the technology.

The 21 flights performed during two days late last month served as practice for demonstrations Space Florida will lead in May, when the drone industry’s biggest annual conference will be held in Orlando.

Three Florida companies flew quad-copters, hex-copters and fixed-wing vehicles, ranging in size from roughly three to 15 pounds with wingspans up to about three feet.

“It was an extremely successful event,” said Jim Kuzma, Space Florida’s chief operating officer. “If these companies can test here, they can grow here.”

The activities tested various procedures and safety protocols, in addition to giving the unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, a chance to experiment with sensors.

Visit Local 6 news partner Florida Today for more details on the demonstration.