Kansas University Doctoral Student Earns NASA Grant to Help Commercialize UAS Radar System

June 25, 2015

Story PhotoKansas University student Lei Shi, an electrical engineering doctoral candidate, is developing tiny on-board radar systems to help keep small commercial drones from crashing into things — one of the biggest safety concerns keeping such unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, mostly grounded by FAA regulations. 

His invention just got a big boost toward getting out of the lab and onto the market, KU announced Tuesday. Shi and UAV radars LLC, the startup company he created to develop the technology, received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from NASA. According to NASA, such grants fund research, development and demonstration of "innovative technologies" that fulfil NASA needs and have potential for successful commercialization.

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