The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was established by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Oct. 31, 2013, as a research center in partnership with the Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).
LSUASC is a system of aviation and technological expertise authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to create an environment for research, development, testing and evaluation of unmanned aircraft systems. The center represents a statewide team of research institutions, private-sector service providers, non-profit corporations and state agencies that bid successfully for an FAA UAS test site, which was awarded Dec. 30, 2013.
LSUASC serves a wide variety of customers from state and federal agencies to private-sector original equipment manufacturers. In order to expedite inquiries about LSUASC services and capacities, please accept the following guidance.
- Potential customers and other interested parties seeking general information about the center or the test site should contact the Office of the Executive Director as listed below. This includes the following:
- Members of the general public
- Organizations seeking presentations
- Groups wishing to visit the center.
LSUASC accommodates visits whenever practicable, but priority will be given to groups with identifiable business, research or educational interests in LSUASC. Scheduling will be determined by LSUASC operational considerations.
- Public- and private-sector research investigators should make initial contact with the LSUASC Office of Research Development. This includes research personnel of public and private universities, state and federal government agencies and companies requiring LSUASC engineering services and research capacities leading to utilization of the LSUASC Test Site and/or other facilities and capacities among LSUASC team members.
- News media inquiries should go directly to the Marketing and Communications department of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
- Public- and private-sector range users should make initial contact with the LSUASC Office of Business Development. A range user is an agency, company, or individual with a need to access LSUASC services leading to utilization of the LSUASC Test Site.
Office of the Executive Director
- Jerry Hendrix
Office of Research Development
- Melanie Neely Willis
Department of Marketing and Communications
- Casandra Lorentson
Office of Business Development
- Joe Henry
Director, Research-Commercialization and Industry Outreach (RCIO)