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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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August 23, 2016

Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions Receives UAV Credentials

A Texas-based company is the fourth to receive credentialing through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP), a program developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions, in Conroe, TX, uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to capture aerial video used by industries including Real Estate, Agriculture, Construction and Oil & Gas, to inspect facilities, land or infrastructure while reducing costs and improving safety. Read more >>

August 11, 2016

Island University Lone Star UAS Center Receives Access to NASA Secure Information Network

For the first time, the Lone Star UAS Center (LSUASC) of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be able to monitor a NASA UAS flight as it is happening across the country. A recently completed agreement between LSUASC and the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. will create new opportunities for University researchers to directly participate in NASA’s secure information network and exchange UAS flight data. “We are proud to be on the cutting edge of this new technology,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Connecting with NASA safely and securely is key to advancing research partnerships, not only in unmanned aircraft but for other fields as well.” The LSUASC has been working under a funded contract with NASA to document and improve information security practices as well as secure an Interconnection Security Agreement (ISA). The ISA establishes important guidelines for connecting information technology systems that are owned by two different organizations. This agreement will also open doors for continued research partnerships in unmanned aircraft and data simulation with the NASA Ames Research Center. Read more >>

August 4, 2016

Summer Institute at TAMU-CC Offers Campers Hands-On Experience with Drone Technology

Capitalizing on the buzz surrounding the cutting edge industry of drone technology and software, 20 high school students attended the second annual Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Summer Institute, held July 25-29, at the Island University. The camp was hosted by the College of Science and Engineering and the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach. The Island University opened its doors to the best and brightest high school students from around the region. The UAS Summer Institute offers students an introduction to UAS engineering concepts and application, sensor equipment, software, operation and control. In addition to hands-on activities, the institute featured lectures, tours of the University’s UAS state-of-the-art facilities, a tour of the Customs and Border Protection Predator operation at NAS Corpus Christi, a final competition, and a graduation ceremony. Read more >>

June 20, 2016

TAMU-CC's Lone Star UAS Center Partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Develop Technologies to Improve UAS

The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have partnered to develop lighter sensors and longer-use batteries for unmanned aircrat systems; improvements that will result in even more uses for this new aerospace industry. "Smaller, lighter and more advanced sensors keep the University and its Lone Star UAS Center on the cutting edge of UAS development," said Jerry Hendrix, the Center's Executive Director. "More capabilities and longer run times translate into more applications and more tasks that UAS can be programmed to do." Read more >>

April 26, 2016

MTSI Completes Small Unmanned Aircraft and Air Traffic Management Technology Assessment of PrecisionHawk’s LATAS platform for Department of Homeland Security

Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI), an engineering services and technology solutions provider for the defense industry, intelligence community, and commercial markets, in cooperation with industry partners PrecisionHawk, international unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market leader, and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, have successfully completed multi-aircraft testing of PrecisionHawk’s Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety (LATAS) platform at the small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) test site at Port Mansfield. The traffic management demonstration and integration was funded and managed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Borders and Maritime Security Division. Read more >>

April 25, 2016

Drone Survey of Seagrasses Tested for Texas Parks & Wildlife

Aerial images from a drone are being evaluated as a method to survey seagrasses scarred by boat propellers. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has partnered with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to determine if using unmanned aircraft systems, sometimes called drones or UAS, is as effective as using planes. Dr. Michael Starek, Assistant Professor of Engineering, has been analyzing the images and data collected from flights in December of a small UAS about 350 feet above Redfish Bay's seagrasses. Read more >>

April 22, 2016

Island University Part of First-Ever Flight of 22 Drones Testing NASA’s Air Traffic Management Research Platform

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence and Innovation participated Tuesday, April 19, in the largest test yet of NASA’s UAS traffic management (UTM) research platform. The test included up to 24 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, that were remotely flown simultaneously at six Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites around the country. Read more >>

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