FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, aka Drones)
- Friday, September 25, 2015 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
- Roberts Hall, 103 - view map
Doug Cairns, Lysle A. Wood Professor
Goals of the Professorship:
- Make a positive and significant impact on aerospace technology nationally and in Montana
- Provide support for aerospace related faculty development
- Enhance student learning opportunities for aerospace related engineering careers
UAS are the fastest growing segment of the aviation market by a large margin. Beginning approximeately six years ago, Montana State University teamed with Mississippi State University to develop a partnerhsip for Unmanned Aerial Systems, or UAS. This evolved into the FAA requesting proposals for a Center of Excellence (COE) for UAS. Fiercely competed across the US, the Mississippi State led Alliance for Systems Safety of UAS through Research Excellence or ASSURE, won the competition. This is the only FAA COE for UAS. The center will last approximately 10 years and is initially focused on how to get UAS safely integrated into the National Air Space. The COE is funded from between $5-10mm /year.
Montana State's initial projects include simulation of Air to Air collision of UAS and existing aircraft in the NAS and repair techniques for UAS constructed from composite materials. This seminar will be an overview of the center, a discussion on current projects, new projects and how to get involved with ASSURE.
- College of Engineering