Texas A&M Test Site, FAA Hold Public Meeting on UAS Progress

In a public meeting on Sept. 25, the Texas unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site, along with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), gave an update on progress and answered questions to a crowd of about 170 people.

Officials from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star UAS Center (LSUASC) of Excellence and Innovation and representatives from the FAA covered topics such as potential UAS uses, innovation and opportunities at the Lone Star UAS Center, and the overall goal of safely integrating UAS into national airspace.

Jerry Hendrix, executive director of the center, touched on recent flights LSUASC has conducted, including flood-relief efforts through the blanket Certificates of Waiver or Authorization for all test sites to conduct UAS flights under 200 feet in altitude.

Attendees were encouraged to join the discussion, ask questions and gain a better understanding of UAS; their potential uses; and the research, development and testing happening at the university’s LSUASC. The group also took questions via Twitter with #AskLSUASC.

Tremendous opportunities exist for innovation and research with UAS, says LSUASC, which adds that it is ready to help businesses develop those.

LSUASC is home to one of the six UAS test sites selected by the FAA to guide research programs that will help the agency safely integrate UAS into the national airspace.

The event was live-streamed online, and a recording is available here.


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