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Twenty-two of the world's leading research institutions and a hundred leading industry, government partners comprise the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, or ASSURE.

ASSURE possesses the expertise, infrastructure and outstanding track record of success that the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems demands.

Members include Mississippi State University, Drexel University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Kansas State University, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of California Davis, University of Kansas, University of North Dakota, The Ohio State University, Wichita State University, Auburn University - Affiliate Member, Concordia - Affiliate Member, Indiana State University - Affiliate Member, Louisiana Tech University - Affiliate Member, Tuskegee University - Affiliate Member, University of Southampton - Affiliate Member, and Sinclair Community College - Affiliate Member.

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Drones Prove to be Valuable Asset to Precision Agriculture
July 25, 2016 - Story by Layton Spann Mississippi State's GRI, MAFES and Extension Service teams use UAS to collect data that can improve current AG management practices so farmers can ...


ASSURE Partner, Oregon State, Begins Drone Training in Partnership with Drone Complier Enterprise
July 22, 2016 - Corvallis, Oregon, July 13, 2016  In May, 2016 the FAA granted Oregon State University a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to fly drones for research purposes. Within ...


Mississippians Are Helping Lead Way on Commercial Use of Drones
July 19, 2016 - by Evelina Burnett Mississippi State University extension associate Louis Wasson says, a few years ago, there was a lot of excitement in the agricultural world about ...


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Core and Affiliate Members of ASSURE

Mississippi State University - Core Member

Geosytems Research Institute

Mississippi State University

The GRI unmanned aerial systems scientific team is positioning itself as one of the leading research authorities on UAS. MSU researchers are partnering with the USDA and other corporate entities to use UAVs in precision agriculture for plant growth, nutrition management, irrigation and herbicide application. The research indicates that the use of aerial equipment increases crop production and decreases costs.

On the hydrology research side, GRI experts are using UAVs to assess the speed and rate of how rivers flow and rise, and where the water goes, especially in flood type conditions. In an effort to help prevent loss of life and property, one of NOAA's goals is to help the U.S. become a "Weather Ready Nation", before, during and after natural disasters, such as flooding, created by tropical storms and hurricanes. Partnering with GRI scientists NOAA is gaining invaluable environmental and situational data that translates into more accurate flood predictions and that means the savings of money, property and lives.

For more information, please contact Robert Moorhead, Director, Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University


Raspet Flight Research Laboratory

The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL), established at Mississippi State University (MSU) over 65 years ago, possesses a rich heritage in full-scale manned and unmanned flight vehicle design, fabrication and testing, as well as advanced composite structures development. Among university laboratories engaged in aeronautical research, RFRL is distinguished as one of the very few with the capability to design, build and flight test full-scale, prototype vehicles. The RFRL is located at the Starkville Municipal airport and encompasses over 90,000 square feet of enclosed hangar, laboratory and office space. Current UAS research at RFRL include noise reduction via high-fidelity computational aeroacoustics simulations and measurements, human factors issues, three-dimensional simultaneous localization and mapping, solar powered UAS, identity management and mutual authentication, flight simulation-based wake-encounter reaction of UAS, and certification through analysis for composite structures.

For further information, please contact: Ratneshwar (Ratan) Jha, Ph.D., Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, (662) 325-3797.