When the FAA announces its designation of six federal unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi UAS Command and Control Center will be ready to track and control the aircraft from anywhere in the state. Phase two of the implementation of the center was completed this week by the LSUASC staff, including Camber Corporation and A&M-Corpus Christi personnel, with the installation of NASA’s World Wind World Viewer, situational awareness command and control software, and a commercial autopilot software package.
“All of the technology that we are packing into the Command and Control Center is coming together and being integrated so we can be open for business, with our test site, at the beginning of 2014,” said Dr. Ron George, Senior Research Development Officer.
The test sites will facilitate testing and research of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies to provide scientific data on the future integration of these aircraft safely with other air traffic. Congress mandated that UAS be integrated into the national airspace by 2015. The University’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (LSUASC) proposal is the only one from Texas being considered by the FAA, and has the backing of Texas Governor Rick Perry.