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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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March 11, 2014

Rep. Todd Hunter Celebrates the Island University’s Role in Unmanned Flight with Resolution

State Rep. Todd Hunter celebrated Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s selection as a federal test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with the presentation of a resolution on Monday, March 10 at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. “Texas has a long tradition of excellence in the aerospace industry, and the development of the UAS test site by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and its partners offers new opportunities to build on this enviable reputation and greatly enhance the prosperity of Corpus Christi,” the resolution states. Read more >>

March 04, 2014

Unmanned Technology Test Site Brings Aerospace Entrepreneurs to Island University

Oil may be king in South Texas, but the new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test site designation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could soon crown a queen for the area. Aviation companies are starting to open offices in Corpus Christi, seeking to get in on the ground floor of the new economic boom centered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC). Read more >>

March 04, 2014

Unmanned Technology Research Continues at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with South Texas Test Flights

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi continues 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 planned for the week of March 10 in South Texas ranchland. Researchers will run missions twice a day with the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and another UAV on loan from American Aerospace Advisors, a Pennsylvania-based company that helped the University customize its RS-16 and often provides mission command personnel during test flights. Read more >>

February 21, 2014

Engineering Students Fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems During Engineers Week

Engineering students showcased the Island University’s smaller Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in a lab demo Thursday as part of Engineers Week. Dr. Luis Garcia, Assistant Professor in the College of Science and Engineering, and the students showed a maneuver that could be used in traffic monitoring, sending a ground rover to an accident location, and using the unmanned aircraft programmed to follow it to get images. Read more >>

February 03, 2014

FAA Visits University’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center for FAA Post-Award Conference

One month after Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test site designation, the FAA visited the University’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (LSUASC) on Thursday, Jan. 30, and Friday, Jan. 31, for a FAA post-award conference at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC). The FAA met the LSUASC team and discussed the scope of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s test site. The group discussed test ranges, and environmental and outreach plans. Read more >>

January 17, 2014

Weeks after FAA Test Site Designation, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Conducts Drone Research Mission

Just weeks after its designation as one of six federally-approved test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi conducted several test flights over South Texas ranchland to continue research and training on the RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test site designation, announced Dec. 30, is expected to bring other UAS researchers to the University’s Lone Star UAS Center to expand research on new applications and safe integration of unmanned aerial technology into the national airspace. Read more >>

January 14, 2014

Island University Celebrates FAA’s Economic Impact on the Coastal Bend

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi celebrated the economic impact of being designated an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the “FAA UAS Test Site Citywide Celebration” held Monday, Jan. 13, at Brewster Street Ice House in downtown Corpus Christi. Read more >>

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