Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation

The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) was chosen as one of seven Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites in the United States. LSUASC is a global partnership for research, development, testing and evaluation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technologies led by educational institutions Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and Texas Engineering Experiment Station.

Our mission is to operate for the benefit of advancement and use of unmanned technologies, specifically UAS  technologies across state agency interests; to provide an economic stimulus to attract industry to Texas, while being compliant to the Texas Privacy Act; and to provide the FAA with UAS research, development and operational data to assist in the development of procedures, standards, and regulations to facilitate UAS civil operations into the National Airspace System.

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Our Mission
  • Educate Students
  • Support Faculty
  • Promote Student Involvement
  • Involve Interns/Work Study/Graduate Assistants
  • Increase Knowledge
  • Operate FAA Test Center
  • Support Public Safety (Air Wing 1)
  • Conduct Research in R&D Focus Areas
  • Commercialize UAS Tech.
  • Engage with the Community
Our Vision
  • Stand Up And Operate a FAA UAS Test Site Designated To Safely Integrate Civil and Public (DoD) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operations Into The National Airspace (NAS).
  • Guide Industry (US and Foreign) through the FAA safety and maturity process required to safely integrate Commercial UAS operations into the NAS.
  • Provide FAA R&D And Operational Data To Facilitate The Development of Procedures, Standards and Regulations for Safe UAS Operations in the NAS.
Research/Focus Areas
  • UAS Traffic Management
  • Beyond-visual-line-of-sight Operations
  • Autonomous Behavior
  • Detect and Avoid Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Test & Evaluation of UAS Standards, Processes and Procedures