201404 Spring 2014

North Dakota: Communications and Electronics

A University of North Dakota researcher totes a ScanEagle during a day of testing.

1. The Team
The state’s lieutenant governor chairs the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority, which manages the state’s test range effort. The University of North Dakota is the leading research member of the group, which also includes North Dakota State University, the Office of the Adjutant General, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission and the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

2. Research Centers
University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University.

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New York: Testing and Evaluation

1. The Team
Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance leads a consortium of more than 50 universities, companies and facilities supporting testing on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in New York and Massachusetts. The group includes firms like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Helios as well as research organizations such as Draper Laboratory and the Air Force Research Labs Information Directorate. More than 20 colleges and universities contribute to NUAIR.

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August 8, 2014

DARPA seeks bids for ‘upward falling payloads’ project

This artist’s concept shows a potential communications application of an upward falling payload.

The pentagon’s most creative research agency is seeking its second round of proposals for a system of deep sea devices that can lie dormant on the sea floor for years and then be triggered from a distance to deploy payloads including air and ocean drones.

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UAS Center of Excellence solicitation to be released in May

The new Center of Excellence will do research to support the Federal Aviation Administration as it works to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace.

Officials will release a draft solicitation for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) new Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and field questions at a late-May meeting in Washington.

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Alaska: Remote Sensing

Flight testing ACUASI’s OpenRaven unmanned vehicle in Alaska.

1. The Team
The Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range complex is likely the largest of the FAA test ranges both in terms of its number of participants and its geographic coverage. The University of Alaska Fairbanks manages the team, which comprises some 59 contributors including Oregon and Hawaii as well as the countries of Norway, Ireland and Canada.

2. Test Ranges Include

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Special Report: UAS in the NAS

Clockwise from top left: A small drone rests on the ground during a demonstration in Florida, The Golden Eagle, a UAV developed at Clarkson University, takes wing, Nick Roy smiles at a drone in a lab at MIT, The Qube unmanned aerial vehicle by AeroVironment.

BY THE NUMBERS

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Driverless Cars

Stanley, an autonomous car developed by the Stanford University Racing Team, won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge after successfully traversing a 132-mile course.

Interest in automated vehicles is surging, fueled by visions of computer-directed cars able to independently thread their way through a traffic jam before safely dropping off their otherwise-occupied passengers and finding their own parking place.

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First of New Ocean Explorers Set to Launch

The Nereid Under Ice, the newest vehicle from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Deep Submergence Laboratory, undergoes tests in a pool at the Coastal Research Lab.

The first of a family of new hybrid vehicles able to reach under the ice to map the seafloor and travel down to the ocean’s deepest points will soon embark on its inaugural field mission off the coast of Norway.

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By Inside GNSS