Bringing UAS to America's Skies



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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May 11, 2015

Lone Star UAS Center Partnerships Cover Skies, Borders and Forest Fires

Texas’ borders, skies, and fire prevention efforts are now linked with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to test unmanned aircraft at the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (LSUASC) of Excellence and Innovation. The Center recently announced collaborations with NASA, the Texas A&M Forest Service, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Research collaboration with state and federal government agencies is a major piece of LSUASC’s plan for financial sustainability. Read more >>

March 6, 2015

Lone Star UAS Center Flights Test Sense-and-Avoid Technology

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems research center (LSUASC) conducted flight operations March 4 and 6 to test a ground-based sense-and-avoid radar system designed to identify small UAS in a specific airspace. Bob Alger, Director of Business Development for SRC, Inc., said the equipment could be used, for example, at a package delivery hub, where many UAS, sometimes also called remotely-piloted aircraft or drones, are entering the same area. Read more >>

February 13, 2015

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, AgriLife Research Approved for Drone-Based Plant Health Study

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have received the state’s first permit to use drones to conduct agricultural research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi. Research will begin soon in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sometimes called drones, that will help growers improve crop quality and yields while reducing production costs, savings that could be passed on to consumers. Read more >>

January 28, 2015

Island University Announces Research Funding for UAS Projects

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has announced six $5,000 grants to expand research of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in business, literature, and science. The research enhancement grants from the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach aim to accelerate research in this new aerospace field. Read more >>

November 12, 2014

New UAS Technology Could Turn the Industry on its Side

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that could revolutionize the industry is under construction in the Unmanned Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The craft, which is still in the development stages, can not only fly horizontally, it can fly vertically as well. “This aircraft could be used for search and rescue in environments considered to be too complicated to access by means of conventional UAS,” said Dr. Luis Rodolfo Garcia Carrillo, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Director of the Unmanned Systems Laboratory. Read more >>

October 27, 2014

Island University Ranked Among Top 10 Universities in Nation for UAS Education

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been ranked among the Top 10 Universities Offering Degrees in UAS (unmanned aerial systems) by Development Counselors International. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is the only university in Texas to be included on the national list. This distinction was granted for its UAS emphasis in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Geospatial Information Science and Surveying Engineering Programs. “We’re excited to have made this national list that highlights our expertise in the field of UAS,” said University President Flavius Killebrew. “Not only is our specialty beneficial to our students pursing this research and training, but it will provide a significant economic boost and create thousands of jobs in Texas.”  Read more >>

October 9, 2014

Lone Star UAS Center Conducts First Test Flights from Port Mansfield Airport

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (LSUASC) is expanding operations, with test-flight missions this week from an airport in Port Mansfield. Researchers began a series of missions Monday, Oct. 6, with the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and are expected to continue through Friday. Read more >>

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