CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The signing of new partnerships with NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center and the UAS Centre of Excellence (UAS CE), located in Quebec, Canada were just two of many exciting events which took place during the second annual Texas UAS Summit in Dallas May 9-10.
The Texas UAS Summit occurred alongside AUVSI XPONENTIAL, an annual gathering that hosts the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent
“This event exhibited the ingenuity and innovative spirit of the Texas A&M University System,” said Jerry Hendrix, Executive Director of the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “It was a great forum held in Texas to expose the Texas A&M University System as a leader in autonomous research and innovation.”
The theme of the Texas UAS Summit was “Bringing Autonomous Solutions to America’s Roadways, Railways,
Summit highlights included the signing of a new Space Act Agreement between representatives from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center,
“This new agreement shows NASA’s continued confidence in the Lone Star UAS Center here at A&M-Corpus Christi,” said Hendrix.
Staying on the forefront of UAS research, a Trilateral Memorandum of Agreement was signed between LSUASC, UAS CE and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) on the final day of the summit. This agreement marked a monumental step in the advancement of drone technologies, as each entity will work together on an international level to pursue mutually beneficial research.
“This momentous signing signifies the global impact that unmanned aircraft systems are having across the world. Common research,
When not signing major agreements, or giving panel presentations at the Texas UAS Summit, LSUASC members simultaneously hosted a booth during the weeklong AUVSI XPONENTIAL expo. The Texas State Corral Booth featured representatives from TEEX, members of the National UAS Credentialing Program (NUASCP), Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M Research Offices. Global corporations AirRobot, BNSF Railway and The Research Valley Partnership, Inc., were also present. During the expo, LSUASC and TEEX worked together to add 15 new companies to the NUASCP pipeline.
Hendrix was also featured live on the Aero-News Network, the official expo news network, where he discussed LSUASC’s new FAA UAS Special Airworthiness Certificate. The Aero-News Network has produced more than 350,000 news stories, 7,000 podcasts, 3,000 Aero-TV features and more than 1,000 episodes of “Airborne Unlimited.”
“During the Texas UAS Summit and the Expo, we brought the nation’s best together to showcase autonomous aircraft solutions and the spread of those solutions across expert research throughout the A&M System,” Hendrix said. “The UAS community can expect to see Lone Star UAS and our A&M System Partners at the forefront of this emerging technology.”
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