Tuesday, August 16, 2016
10am - 11am
FL 2 - Room 1001
Doug Olsen and Mark Askelson - University of North Dakota
Unmanned Aerial Systems at UND:
Center of Excellens, FAA Test Site and Atmospheric Research
The University of North Dakota (UND), home to the pre-eminent collegiate aviation program in the country, is a national leading institution for research, education, and training in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). UND’s UAS Center of Excellence has been on the forefront of UAS research for both integration into the National Airspace System (NAS) and for scientific and commercial applications of UAS. Integration into the NAS research is focused on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) topics, and has included Ground Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA), Airborne Sense and Avoid (ABSAA), and Command/Control (C2) systems. UND is a core member of the FAA’s designated research UAS Center of Excellence, the ASSURE program (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence). UND is also a key partner in one of the six national test sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration for UAS flight testing, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NP UAS TS), and is the host organization for NP UAS TS flight operations. In addition, research applications of UAS at UND range from atmospheric research and other science investigations to UAS training systems to powerline and infrastructure inspections, as well as collaborative initiatives in agriculture and ecosystem remote sensing.