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The following Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation news articles are primarily press releases from the Marketing & Communications department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and LSUASC.

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October 02, 2013

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Represented at Unmanned Systems Caucus 2013 Science and Technology Fair

The Island University was among 16 organizations invited to attend the Unmanned Systems Caucus 2013 Science and Technology Fair in Washington D.C., in September. Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President for Research, Commercialization, and Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, represented the University at the event that was hosted by Congressman Henry Cuellar (D- Texas), and Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-California). Read more >>


October 01, 2013

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Unveils New UAV Command and Control Center

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi unveiled its new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) command and control center during an event held on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. “We are in ‘phase one’ of the development of the command and control center,” said Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President of Research, Commercialization and Outreach. “Eventually, it will control all of the UAV test ranges around the state.” The University’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initiative, and its 6,000 square miles of available airspace, is in competition to be named one of six Federal Aviation Administration UAV test sites. The command and control center is in preparation for that designation, which is expected to be announced in December. Read more >>


March 14, 2013

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Conducts First UAS Research Mission over Gulf of Mexico

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will conduct the first mission over the Gulf of Mexico with their unmanned aircraft from Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15. Read more >>


January 24, 2013

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Conducts UAS Mission over South Texas Ranch to Collect Data and Train Students

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will conduct unmanned aircraft training and scientific research missions over South Texas ranchland from Monday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Jan. 18. The unmanned aircraft, commonly called a “drone,” will acquire data including images of vegetation, water, roads, and mudflats. During the mission, the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will carry onboard a multi-spectral camera which will acquire images in the visible, infrared (IR), and ultraviolet (UV) frequency ranges. Read more >>


July 10, 2012

Update: University Leads Effort to Bring UAS Test Site to Coastal Bend

Stakeholders from around the state met today (Tuesday, July 10) to gather resources for the possibility of Corpus Christi becoming a hub for the burgeoning technology of commercial and public Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) use. Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi is preparing to propose the creation of the “Texas Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site.” Today’s exploratory meeting developed a plan for responding to a FAA call for proposals later this month. The test site would research and advise on issues concerning the use of UAS in the national airspace. These issues include security of GPS systems, laws and policies regulating the potential for high UAS traffic, and how the military and civilians will share airspace. “We think Corpus Christi and the Island University are uniquely qualified to bring life to this new field that could potentially change the way we live,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, president and CEO of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. UPDATE: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has committed financial resources and personnel to coordinate a statewide proposal to bring a UAS test site to the Corpus Christi area. The University received a number of commitments today (Tuesday, July 10) from public agencies and private industries to assist in the preparation of the proposal. The University and its collaborators will have 90 days to submit the proposal after the call to submit a response comes from the Federal Aviation Administration later this month. Read more >>


May 02, 2012

UAS Initiative Completes First Recon 16 Unmanned Aircraft System Flights over Gulf Waters

The first airborne science missions using unmanned aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico were successfully completed during the week of Oct. 10-17, 2011. Scientists with the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Initiative at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and representatives from American Aerospace Airborne Systems Group completed six flights of the RS-16 Unmanned aircraft system that originated on a remote stretch of beach on the Padre Island National Seashore. The RS-16 System utilizes 13-foot wingspan unmanned aircraft that can stay aloft for up to 12 to 16 hours on less than two gallons of gasoline. Read more >>


July 12, 2011

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Unmanned Aerial Systems Initiative Receives FAA Authorization to Fly in National Airspace

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Initiative at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certification Authorization to fly RS-16 unmanned aircraft into national air space. The air space, which encompasses approximately 500 square miles, is unprecedented in size and versatility. The authorized area reaches several miles into the Gulf of Mexico and covers 39 miles of the Padre Island National Seashore and a substantial portion of the Laguna Madre intracoastal waterway. Practical UAS applications include wildlife inventory, border security, hurricane research and monitoring, detection and tracking of harmful algae blooms, situational awareness for incident response, and numerous others. Read more >>


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