Dr. Luis Cifuentes, University Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach, said research was but one piece of a complex effort.
“We call it the Lone Star UAS Initiative,” Cifuentes said. “We're not the only state in this hunt. There are at least 40 others. To be competitive, we will need all of the pieces working together – industrial, military, research, governmental and political.”
The University’s January missions are but one demonstration of Texas' operational capacities, Cifuentes said. “We want to establish a track record, not just here but wherever Texas entities have operational COAs.”
University President Flavius Killebrew said, “UAS research and development promises to be what some are calling the next ‘Kittyhawk moment’ in aviation history. For the sake of our economic growth, Texas must be a player.”
The drone will acquire data over the Gulf and South Texas ranchland as part of the university's search for new applications of unmanned aerial technology.
The office recently became one of only a few civil entities granted a certificate of authorization within Class D airspace from FAA.
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Grant funding has permitted the UAS Program Office to develop a staff of 15 professional and support individuals.