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: Tom Brooks, Interim Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, (662) 325-3509.
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