Homeland Security Announces Kickoff for New sUAS Research Project

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will officially kick off its partnership with Mississippi for the test and evaluation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) next Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi.

DHS, acting under William N. Bryan, secretary for science and technology, will be joined by Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran; Mississippi Rep. Steven Palazzo; the Adjutant General of Mississippi Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles; Mississippi State University’s president, Dr. Mark Keenum; and other Mississippi federal and state representatives to launch the new partnership and observe sUAS demonstrations.

Following what it called a rigorous and highly competitive review process, Mississippi State University was recently chosen to lead the DHS research project. According to the university, the DHS S&T “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration Range Facility” will support homeland security operations and training by providing flight and exercise facilities that will support operational evaluation of sUAS in a variety of applications.

Taking place at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, the kickoff event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a “DHS Common Unmanned Aircraft System Site Opening Day” ceremony and drone flight demos.

According to DHS, media interested in attending the event must RSVP no later than Aug. 21 to 2nd Lt. Rachel Henson, Camp Shelby public affairs officer, at 601-988-5949 or rachel.c.henson.mil@mail.mil.

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