K-State Aviation's Unmanned Aerial Systems Capability Growing to Meet Military, Industry Demand

Effort partners with military organizations and the private sector to focus on developing unmanned flight in the nation's airspace and training unmanned system pilots and operators.

"Much of the unmanned aerial systems market growth in the coming years will be in small unmanned aerial vehicles," says Barnhart. "Current avionics technology, which allows aircraft to operate in the national airspace system, is sized for larger manned aircraft. We need room to mount sensors and cameras."

A facility housed on the K-State at Salina campus will focus on developing and marketing that capability. It should be fully equipped later this year, he says.

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