FAA Reauthorization Act Extends ASSURE UAS Program and Establishes ASSUREd Safe

STARKVILLE, Miss. (May 23, 2024) –The FAA Reauthorization Act 2024, signed by President Biden last week, marks a significant milestone in the advancement of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology and safety. Among its provisions, the extension of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS programs, …

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Devastating Loss of ASSURE Leader

It is with great sadness that we announce that ASSURE has lost one of our own.  Last weekend, Jarlath O’Neil Dunn, Director of the Spatial Analysis Laboratory at the University of Vermont suffered what appears to be a massive cardiac event while doing what he loved, Nordic cross country skiing with friends, in a place …

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W.Va. Poised To Benefit From Future Aerospace Investments

By Caroline MacGregor Published December 12, 2023 WVPublic The aerospace industry looks extremely promising for West Virginia according to panelists who were part of a robust industry discussion at the Culture Center Monday.  The diverse group of aerospace experts included representatives from Vertx Partners, Aurora Flight Sciences – A Boeing Company, Marshall University, Mid-Atlantic Aerospace …

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aSSURE’S LEAD,Mississippi State University, Honored with two Defense Innovation Awards

TechConnect is proud to announce the 2023 TechConnect Defense Innovation Awards recognizing the top 15% of submitted challenge technologies as ranked by the Selection Committee. Rankings are based on the potential positive impact the submitted technology will have for the warfighter and national security. https://events.techconnect.org/DTCFall/awards.html.

ASSUREuas, research partner, Raspet Flight Research Lab at Mississippi State University hosted an ASSUREdSafe training exercise for area first responders

First responders are crafting their skills in piloting drones to better help in emergency situations. Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Lab hosted an ASSUREd Safe training exercise for area first responders at the Foil Plant Science Research Center off of highway 182. First responders engaged in flight training exercises, practicing maneuvers, evaluating efficiency and …

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Drones Take Center Stage as a Teaching Tool for STEM Outreach

by Anthony Chu, ANG Thousands of students and teachers from five states are benefitting from FAA-funded aviation and space education (AVSED) programs that feature unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as the central learning platform for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) outreach.The learning experiences are designed and delivered by six universities in Alaska, Alabama, California, New …

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ASSURE is looking for a new Associate director for ASSUREd Safe.

This full-time position will be located at the MSU main campus and requires an innovative leader to lead development in first responder use of drones for public safety and disaster response. This includes developing and managing ASSURE’s education, training, testing, certification, and credentialing of first responders’ use of UAS (ASSUREd Safe) program and the systems …

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Fireside Chat: ASSURE Research Experts Will Discuss UAS Right-of-way for BVLOS Operations

ASSURE research experts with the University of North Dakota. Elsight, Sagetech, Iris Automation, and Applied Aeronautics will discuss ongoing UAS right-of-way research for beyond-visual-line-of-sight research during a “Fireside Chat” at the 2023 AUVSI Xponential in Denver. Please joins us on Wednesday, May 10, 3:00 p.m. at the University of North Dakota booth #4049, Denver, Colorado.

Current Unmanned Aircraft State Law Landscape

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, have a host of applications including law enforcement, land surveillance, wildlife tracking, search and rescue operations, disaster response, border patrol and recreational use. Drones have become a part of our daily lives, especially among drone hobbyists. Today, over 1.1 million recreational drones are registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. …

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