Lone Star UAS Center conducts drone test flights

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (LSUASC) will conduct a series of flight missions the week of June 23. Researchers will run missions each day through Thursday with the university’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

This follows on an announcement from the FAA that the Texas UAS research site is the fourth of six to become operational.

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Pilots? We don’t need no stinking pilots


Haven’t you heard? Pilots are no longer required, at least not on board the aircraft. Welcome to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

No pilots? Is nothing sacred anymore? I remember my first flights as pilot in command in both a helicopter and an airplane. It was me and the aircraft against the laws of nature. I was not overseeing flight management systems — I strapped on the aircraft, and it became part of me.

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IDTechEx sees a great future for electric quadcopters

The starting point for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is rarely military; it is at the other extreme with toy helicopters and professional UAV helicopters, according to analysts at IDTechEx.

The IDTechEx report “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Electric UAVs 2014-2024” has been tracking some changes lately, none more rapid than the adoption of pure electric quadcopters. As toys, they are a big success, but not necessarily an ongoing growth market, officials note.

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