Kansas State Student Majoring in UAS Begins Another NASA Internship

Kendy Edmonds, a senior at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, has secured another internship with NASA in support of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration.

Edmonds, who is double-majoring in UAS flight and operations and UAS design and integration, has been selected for a fall internship at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, located in Edwards, Calif., the university has announced.

She recently completed a summer internship at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This latest internship began on Sept. 6 and runs until Dec. 22.

“My first internship with NASA was focused on the management of data collected from unmanned aircraft, and now I get to shift into UAS operations,” says Edmonds. “What is particularly fascinating to me about this opportunity is the exposure to larger UAS that I am receiving. In my classes at Kansas State Polytechnic, we primarily study and work with aircraft that are lighter than 55 pounds, so it’s exciting to be gaining new hands-on experiences while adding to my depth of knowledge.”

She is a part of a project called UAS-NAS Integration Test and Evaluation, which involves operational planning for drone test flights and developing procedures for operations taking place beyond the visual line of sight.

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