Summit launches next chapter in Mississippi State-led UAS project

A Mississippi State-led consortium and the Federal Aviation Administration are moving forward with groundbreaking work to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace after a successful kickoff summit in the nation’s capital.

“We had a fantastic first meeting,” said USAF Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Poss, the executive director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). [More…]



Hurricane Katrina might have been 10 years ago, but for the state of Mississippi, monitoring and preserving its stretch of the Gulf Coast is still at the forefront of its agenda. New help from unmanned surface vehicles may hold the key to getting the data to do so more effectively, said the state’s Gov. Phil Bryant. [More…]


Mississippi State University Utilizes Drones

Robert Moorehead, Director of Geosystems Research Institute and Northern Gulf Institutes at Mississippi State University, was at the 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show to showcase the research being done on harnessing UAV technology on farm.. Moorehead had a chance to chat with Chuck Zimmerman about their use of UAVs and drones. [More…]


Aurora Claims Endurance Record For Orion UAS

It began life as a hydrogen-fueled, high-altitude unmanned aircraft but evolved into a diesel-powered platform designed to fly at medium altitude for five days and promising dramatically reduced operating costs compared with today’s Predator-class UAVs. [More…]


MQ-8C Fire Scout Takes First Flight

The MQ-8C Fire Scout takes off from the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), for the first time Dec. 16, off the Virginia coast. [More…]


Mississippi Governor Highlights Oceangoing Drone as One Tech from BP Spill Money

Gov. Phil Bryant brought a singular oceangoing drone to the Coast on Wednesday for a demonstration of the research and development sparked by the state in the wake of the BP oil spill. [More…]


Is that a Robot in your Cornfield?

Anyone want to guess what the first commercial U.S. unmanned aerial system (UAS) mission will be? According to a March 2013 AUVSI report, it’s going to be precision agriculture. [More…]


What Do Pumas and Seals have in Common?

Why, Mississippi of course! Except in Mississippi, our Seals fly Pumas. The Seals of the Navy Special Warfare Group have been flying Puma unmanned aerial systems at the Stennis Space Center for quite a while now as part of their extensive mission readiness training. And, yes, Seal Team Six trained at Stennis numerous times before deploying on their mission to take out the world’s most wanted terrorist. [More…]