Learn more about the Lone Star UAS Program

Who is the LSUASC?

The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) was chosen as one of six Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites in the United States. LSUASC is a Texas-wide partnership for research, development, testing and evaluation of UAS technologies led by educational institutions Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, and the Lead Systems Integrator, Huntington Ingalls Industries bringing UAS to America's skies.

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.

What we can do for you

The state-of-the-art Mission Control Center (MCC) is LSUASC's next-generation UAS air traffic control center and the focal point for all tests being conducted by research and testing partners/teammates and affiliated vendors. The capcacities of the MCC and other LSUASC facilities offer an orderly progression from indoor laboratories to initial test-readiness flights to full-scale operational testing on test ranges to efficiently and effectively advance the development and commercialization of UAS technologies for business. With over 400 safe hours of operations nationwide and an ever-increasing range infrastructure, LSUASC remains at the forefront of UAS research in the United States. Please contact us for information on how we can support your endeavors.

LSUASC Misson Control Center

The LSUASC Mission Control Center (MCC) is located at TAMU-CC’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. It is responsible for all test site operations and functions as the central data collection facility for LSUASC.

LSUASC is developing the MCC to be the next generation for UAS air-traffic control. Its aircraft-position reporting system will work with the FAA’s NextGen ADS-B and TIS-B systems. This reporting method will provide the same information for UAS that is required by the ADS-B system with no costly hardware upgrades to the UAS.

The center is also the focal point for all tests being conducted by the Texas A&M System and Lone Star test site vendors. The MMC contains all the equipment required for test directors to monitor, control, and conduct operations in order to meet research goals and objectives while maintaining the highest level of safety.

MCC’S integrated data environment (IDE) provides each test team with the capability of transferring data real time with offsite team members and provides a secure data server to store all recorded test data.