ACUASI was established by the Alaska Board of Regents in recognition of the importance and growth of the unmanned aircraft program. It was established under the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Geophysical Institute where it originated but was given the role of leading all unmanned aircraft programs for the entire system. It was also tasked to pursue opportunities with the FAA, such as the FAA test sites. The program originated in 2001, and over the years has expanded its scope, the equipment it operates, and the variety and complexity of research projects it executes. In 2013 ACUASI submitted its proposal to the FAA for one of the six test sites established by the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, and in December 2013 the FAA announced that the University had been selected. The Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex reports to the ACUASI, but also includes principal partners in Oregon and Hawaii, as well as 56 non-state partners located all over the US and internationally. Ranges are located in the three states as well as in Iceland, our key international partner.
For more information, please contact Cathy Cahill, Director, The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Geophysical Institute.