NASA and Ohio College Partner for Drone Flights Over Lake Erie

The Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Cleveland-based Glenn Research Center in which the two will test unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to study algae blooms that are harming water resources in Ohio.

According to a release from the Dayton, Ohio-based college, Sinclair’s drones will be paired with NASA’s hyperspectral sensors during this summer’s research flights over the coast of Lake Erie. Sinclair says algae blooms rendered drinking-water supplies unusable for multiple days for nearly 500,000 people in northern Ohio and Michigan in 2014.

Sinclair and NASA will collaborate through the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which authorizes NASA to engage with partners to advance mission and program objectives, says Sinclair.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of this partnership, which is the first to bring together NASA Glenn Research Center and the National UAS Training and Certification Center,” says Deb Norris, senior vice president for Sinclair workforce development. “We are building on the strengths of two leading institutions in Ohio and leveraging capabilities that will advance UAS on a national level, starting with our collaboration to study the dangerous effects of the algae blooms on Lake Erie.”


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