PrecisionHawk, Indiana State Team up for Multidisciplinary Drone Research


Terrestrial data acquisition and analysis company PrecisionHawk has signed a research and development partnership with Indiana State University (ISU) in an effort to advance the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry from multidisciplinary perspectives.

The university-business collaboration will focus on safety, education, training and algorithm development for PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper aerial data software.

Specifically, PrecisionHawk and ISU will explore and pursue the following areas of interest:

  • Airspace deconfliction;
  • Advanced mission planning algorithm development;
  • Environmental monitoring;
  • Opportunities within PrecisionHawk safety initiatives, including LATAS, its low-altitude traffic and airspace service platform; and
  • Development of analytics clusters and full-spectrum analytics support.

“PrecisionHawk is a strategic partner for Indiana State,” explains Robert English, dean of Indiana State’s college of technology. “Together, we make a strong team in research and development of flight crew training, UAS applications and data analysis. We see this collaboration as a foundation for the future of our students, the state of Indiana and the nation.”

The university will provide access to unmanned aircraft, airspace, indoor flight facilities, flight crews, DataMapper, algorithm licenses and desktop orthomosaics.

“Our long-standing relationship with Indiana State University creates the perfect environment to explore the next frontier in aviation and beyond line-of-sight drone operations,” states Patrick Lohman, vice president of partnerships at PrecisionHawk. “PrecisionHawk is fortunate to boast a number of ISU alumni on its team, and we look forward to enhanced collaboration around our data and safety initiatives.”

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