University of Kentucky Plots Projects with UAS Company


Valmie Resources Inc. recently returned from visiting the University of Kentucky to discuss collaborating with students and faculty members on portions of future unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) projects.

The Valmie team met with heads of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) Department and toured the facilities of the university’s Unmanned Systems Research Consortium (USRC).

The USRC, formed in December 2013, involves researchers from the university’s colleges and several industry members and affiliates. The USRC partners, faculty, students and businesses focus on development and performance evaluation of systems, platforms, components, sensors and software.

“Valmie feels privileged to meet with the dynamic faculty and students from BAE who are serving and benefiting the people of the state of Kentucky with engineering expertise for solving contemporary challenges,” says Gerald B. Hammack, president and CEO of Valmie Resources. “Based on these meetings, we are moving forward with developing a proposed package detailing possible ways Valmie might collaborate with BAE and USRC to develop resources for its upcoming UAS projects. We expect these projects to ultimately benefit the UAS industry by adding technology and innovative solutions.”

Houston-based Valmie, a federally approved commercial drone operator, says its goal is to bring unmanned systems software, hardware and cloud solutions to a range of industries globally.

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