UAS test site adds runway

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi now has an airport and runway in its approved flight ranges.

The FAA recently approved a new range to test and fly unmanned aircraft that includes the Port Mansfield Airport.

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Drone research continues with South Texas test flights

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi continues its preparations to be fully operational as one of only six federal test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with another series of test flight missions planned for the week of March 10 in South Texas ranchland.

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FAA names six sites for UAS research

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has selected the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country.

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Drone ‘road map’ unveiled

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has released its 72-page “road map” for determining how to permit unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — more commonly known as drones — to share the skies with other aircraft by 2015, but early indications show many problems to overcome before the air has a mixture of vehicles.

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Texas A&M Regents approve UAS Center

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas A&M System Board of Regents has approved the establishment of the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC).

The center will function in the areas of research, development, testing and training to support integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace.

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FAA releases UAS integration roadmap

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has released its first annual roadmap outlining efforts needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.

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Poll shows most Americans support UAS for search and rescue, border patrol

A poll conducted by Monmouth University shows that a majority of Americans support the use of unmanned aircraft systems for search and rescue and border patrol. The poll found that 83% of Americans support UAS use for search and rescue and 62% support the use of the technology for patrolling our nation’s border.

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Drones gaining acceptance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drones — Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) — are getting greater acceptance worldwide, leading all in aviation to take a new and detailed look into how they will fit into the airspace and how they will affect the safety of all flight operations.

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Creating an unmanned aircraft that can sense-and-avoid

By JUAN MIGUEL PEDRAZA, Office of University Relations, University of North Dakota

It looks easy to fly unmanned aircraft: Launch, fly, land. But there’s lots more to keeping an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) safely aloft than toggling controls from the ground.

“Among the major technical challenges facing the UAS industry is the sense-and-avoid system aboard the aircraft,” said Naima Kaabouch, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines and an expert in sense-and-avoid electronics and software.

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