Marty Rogers has been named the new director of the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).
According to UAF, Rogers will work in tandem with Ro Bailey in directing the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex, which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established in December. The complex, UAF adds, includes partners in Oregon and Hawaii, with ranges that span seven climatic zones and diverse geography.
UAF notes that Rogers worked as a subcontractor for the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration before his appointment as director. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force.
‘The emphasis on unmanned aircraft operations in the northern latitudes is increasing due to climate change and hydrocarbon extraction,’ Rogers comments. ‘We are working with the end-users of data, manufacturers and prospective researchers to safely apply UAS technology when it logically adds value.’
Late last year, the FAA designated the University of Alaska as one of six national UAS test site operators.