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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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September 11, 2014

New Site Adds Airport Runway as Option for Drone Test Flights at Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center

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 Federal Aviation Administration recently approved a new range to test and fly unmanned aircraft that includes the Port Mansfield airport. Read more >>


June 26, 2014

LSUASC conducts robust test flights over South Texas and the Gulf of Mexico

The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC), headquartered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, conducted a series of robust test flights June 25-26. The flights were the first completed by the Lone Star center after being given a green light by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate as one of six federal UAS test sites. Researchers ran missions with the University’s RS-16 Arcturus unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Read more >>


June 20, 2014

FAA Approves Lone Star UAS Center as Fully Operational Test Site for Unmanned Vehicles

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) has met federal requirements to begin full operations as a test site for unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated the center as one of only six test sites in December, and approved it as operational on Friday, June 20. “We are excited to welcome the flourishing industry of unmanned aerial systems to South Texas,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. “Our research in this important area is boundless.” Read more >>


June 6, 2014

Island University Receives FAA Approval to Fly Small-Scale UAS Over Campuses

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly its small-scale unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platform over the campus to map the infrastructure of both the main Island University and the Momentum Campus. University officials say that this approval will help prepare graduate students in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Geospatial Surveying Engineering (GSEN) for real-world situations, opportunities that they cannot receive anywhere else. Read more >>


May 15, 2014

Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center Receives University President’s Silver Wave Award

The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence & Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was recognized with the 2014 President’s Silver Wave Award on May 15 during the President’s Spring Faculty Staff Meeting. Leaders of the University’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program include Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President for Research, Commercialization & Outreach; Dr. Ron George, Senior Research Development Officer; Dr. L.D. Chen, Director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science; and Jerry Hendrix, the Center’s Chief Engineer from Camber Corporation. Read more >>


April 18, 2014

Lone Star UAS Center Services Showcased for Aerospace Companies, State Agencies at ‘Range-Users Roundup’

Representatives from government, public safety and private aerospace companies learned more about the offerings of Texas’ only federally-designated test site for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at the ‘Range-Users Roundup’ at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on April 8 and 9. “The sky truly is the limit,” said Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President of Research, Commercialization and Outreach at A&M-Corpus Christi. “The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation will be the place to assist a variety of companies as they safely test, research and develop the many ways unmanned technology can change the way we live.” Read more >>


March 13, 2014

Two Unmanned Aircraft Put to Test As New South Texas FAA Test Site Prepares for Operation

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi continued 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 this week over South Texas ranchland. Researchers have been conducting missions twice a day with the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and another UAV owned by American Aerospace Advisors. Read more >>


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