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 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.


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 capacities 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 Mission 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.

More About LSUASC

The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was established by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Oct. 31, 2013, as a research center in partnership with the Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).

LSUASC is a system of aviation and technological expertise authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to create an environment for research, development, testing and evaluation of unmanned aircraft systems. The center represents a statewide team of research institutions, private-sector service providers, non-profit corporations and state agencies that bid successfully for an FAA UAS test site, which was awarded Dec. 30, 2013.

LSUASC serves a wide variety of customers from state and federal agencies to private-sector original equipment manufacturers. In order to expedite inquiries about LSUASC services and capacities, please accept the following guidance.

  • Potential customers and other interested parties seeking general information about the center or the test site should contact the Office of the Executive Director as listed below. This includes the following:
    • Members of the general public
    • Organizations seeking presentations
    • Groups wishing to visit the center.

LSUASC accommodates visits whenever practicable, but priority will be given to groups with identifiable business, research or educational interests in LSUASC. Scheduling will be determined by LSUASC operational considerations.

  • Public- and private-sector research investigators should make initial contact with the LSUASC Office of Research Development. This includes research personnel of public and private universities, state and federal government agencies and companies requiring LSUASC engineering services and research capacities leading to utilization of the LSUASC Test Site and/or other facilities and capacities among LSUASC team members.
  • News media inquiries should go directly to the Marketing and Communications department of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
  • Public- and private-sector range users should make initial contact with the LSUASC Office of Business Development. A range user is an agency, company, or individual with a need to access LSUASC services leading to utilization of the LSUASC Test Site.