Mississippi State Led ASSURE Identifying UAS Issues

September 16, 2015

Story PhotoUnmanned aircraft, or drones, are expected to play a vital role in the future, but researchers must first figure out their impact before the technology is implemented and integrated into daily life.

Mississippi State University is at the core of this research and leads a consortium of universities, industries and government partners comprising ASSURE, the Alliance for System Safety of UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) through Research Excellence.

MSU was selected as a Center of Excellence for UAS by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in May.

ASSURE's executive director, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. James Poss, said the group is researching numerous topics, including the development of industry-derived standards, detect-and-avoid systems to increase flights beyond a spotter's line of sight, air-to-air and air-to-ground collisions and the effects of noise pollution and turbulence, among others.

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