Camp Shelby launches UAV research program

Col. William 'Brad' Smith, commander Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, and Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Camp Shelby, Hinds Community College and Pearl River Community College, the colleges will grant academic and technical credit up to 30 hours within the Aviation Technology curriculum for comparable military training.

 Col. William ‘Brad’ Smith, commander Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, and Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Camp Shelby, Hinds Community College and Pearl River Community College, the colleges will grant academic and technical credit up to 30 hours within the Aviation Technology curriculum for comparable military training. / Maj. Deidre Smith/Army photo

Representatives from the military, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the private sector gathered Friday at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center to launch a multi-agency research program designed to drive innovation while reducing costs of technology systems used within government unmanned vehicles, an industry worth $8.1 billion, as explained by organizers.

The announcement marks one of the first efforts nationwide to merge two leading technology trends: unmanned vehicle systems and open source software, said Col. William “Brad” Smith, Camp Shepby commander.

The Open Source Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems program is a collaborative, public-private program to be based at Camp Shelby and administered in conjunction with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Acquisition University and non-government entities, including the Open Source Software Institute.

Smith said Camp Shelby’s size, location, existing infrastructure and relationships with various agencies made this a unique venue to conduct the OS-URAVS program.

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